The German Consulate General Recommends:
As part of the effort by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection to address its Nazi past, this exhibition shines light on what was previously in the shadows. “The Rosenburg - the German Federal Ministry of Justice in the Shadow of the Nazi Past” will be open from May 13 to June 7, 2019 at the New York State Supreme Court.
Between 1933 and 1945, legal professionals became massively complicit in the crimes of National Socialism. After the war ended, many of them continued their careers – some in the offices of the newly-established Justice Ministry. The Rosenburg Project makes an important contribution toward shining a light on this disturbing personnel continuity, which extends far into the contemporary history of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Dr. Katarina Barley, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection
We have not yet finished addressing Germany’s National Socialist past; many open questions remain. We are all a part of this process – we learn from the mistakes of the past in order to prevent them in the future.
An important question posed for the Federal Republic of Germany and its Ministry of Justice upon the republic’s establishment in 1949 was how to address the horrors of the Nazi era. In 2012, the Ministry undertook a study of its response in the 1950‘s and 1960‘s, which revealed what are best described as shocking failures by the Ministry. A high percentage of Ministry senior staff had backgrounds in the Nazi legal system and had participated in the terrible misdeeds of that machinery. As a result, during the early years of the German Republic, many laws were denazified only superficially; discrimination continued; crimes of the Holocaust were not properly prosecuted; and many Nazi criminals were not brought to justice for decades, benefitting from amnesties and statutes of limitation. This traveling exhibition based on the Ministry’s own four years of serious introspection, research and study, compiled in what are known as the Rosenburg Files - so named because following World War II the Ministry’s offices were located in the Rosenburg Castle in Bonn - seeks to raise awareness among a large audience of the historical injustice that took place post World War II at the hands of the Ministry itself.
Location and time:
Supreme Court of the State of New York
Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 300)
60 Center Street
New York, NY 10007-1474
May 13 through June 7, 2019