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The Law in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Opportunism, and the Perversion of Justice

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Edited by: Alan E. Robert D. Rachlin Steinweis

ISBN13: 9781782389217
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £22.00



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While we often tend to think of the Third Reich as a zone of lawlessness, the Nazi dictatorship and its policies of persecution rested on a legal foundation set in place and maintained by judges, lawyers, and civil servants trained in the law.

This volume offers a concise and compelling account of how these intelligent and welleducated legal professionals lent their skills and knowledge to a system of oppression and domination. The chapters address why German lawyers and jurists were attracted to Nazism; how their support of the regime resulted from a combination of ideological conviction, careerist opportunism, and legalistic selfdelusion; and whether they were held accountable for their Nazi-era actions after 1945.

This book also examines the experiences of Jewish lawyers who fell victim to anti-Semitic measures. The volume will appeal to scholars, students, and other readers with an interest in Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and the history of jurisprudence.

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Subjects:
Legal History, European Jurisdictions, Germany
Contents:
Preface
List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Law in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust Alan E. Steinweis and Robert D. Rachlin

Chapter 1. The Conundrum of Complicity: German Professionals and the Final Solution Konrad H. Jarausch
Chapter 2. Civil Service Lawyers and the Holocaust: The Case of Wilhelm Stuckart Hans-Christian Jasch
Chapter 3. Roland Freisler and the Volksgerichtshof: The Court as an Instrument of Terror Robert D. Rachlin
Chapter 4. Guilt, Shame, Anger, Indignation: Nazi Law and Nazi Morals Raphael Gross
Chapter 5. Discrimination, Degradation, Defiance: Jewish Lawyers under Nazism Douglas G. Morris
Chapter 6. Evading Responsibility for Crimes against Humanity: Murderous Lawyers at Nuremberg Harry Reicher
Chapter 7. Judging German Judges in the Third Reich: Excusing and Confronting the Past Kenneth F. Ledford

Appendices
Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, 11 August 1919 Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the People and State (Reichstag Fire Decree), 28 February 1933 Law to Remove the Distress of the People and the State (The Enabling Act), 23 March 1933 Hitler's Call for a Nazi Lawyers' League, 12 September 1928 Circular No.
8/1938 from Dr. Karl Leitmeyer, League of National Socialist Guardians of the Law, 4 March 1938 Law Amending Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (Excerpts), 24 April 1934 White Rose - Leaflet 5, February 1943 The Sentencing of Hans and Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst, 22 February 1943 The Fate of Markus Luftglass: Excerpt from the Record of the Nuremberg Justice Case, October 1941 Opinion and Sentence of the Nuremberg Special Court in the Case of Leo Katzenberger, 13 March 1942 Testimony of Curt Rothenberger at the Nuremberg Justice Case (Excerpts), 1947 Gustav Radbruch, "Statutory Lawlessness and Supra-Statutory Law" (excerpt), 1946

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