This week we welcomed Dr. Katarina Barley, the German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, to New York. Her visit focused on bilateral communication – with a focus on democracy and digitization. Barley met with the American Council on Germany for a discussion about the impact of the digital age on democratic institutions and practices. Minister Barley also met with Jewish organizations such as the Leo Baeck Institute and Hebrew Union College to learn about the history of German-speaking Jews and, looking forward, Jewish life and rabbinical education in modern times.
Particularly noteworthy is last night’s event: An exhibition and book presentation by the German Federal Bar Association in cooperation with the American Bar Association on “Lawyers without rights – Jewish lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich”, followed by a panel discussion “Legal lessons from the Holocaust – When lawyers remain silent” including remarks by the Honorable Melissa C. Jackson, Acting Supreme Court Justice, New York County, Criminal Term and granddaughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials. The goal of the exhibition is to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust while strengthening public understanding of the tragic fate of lawyers in Nazi-ruled Germany who faced humiliation and degradation and were ultimately purged from the practice of law solely because of their religion.
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