Lawyers Without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Germany After 1933

Exhibition TypeTravelling exhibition
Event DateNovember 1, 2007–December 9, 2007
VenueHarbour Centre
University of Victoria
DescriptionImagine what would happen if half of British Columbia’s lawyers were summarily disbarred, the legal system transformed into an instrument of tyranny and the rule of law disappeared. If individual rights and freedoms were threatened, who would stand up to protect them? This internationally acclaimed exhibition chronicles the fate of Jewish lawyers before and during the Holocaust and reminds BC lawyers and citizens what can happen when politics interfere with the right to justice. When the Nazis came to power in 1933 there were 19,276 lawyers in Germany, almost half of whom were considered to be Jewish according to Nazi racial ideology. On November 30, 1938, Jews were officially banned from practicing law. All lost their profession, most of them lost their country and a large number lost their lives.