Monday, February 10, 2020


Measured by their actual function rather than Nazi theory, Jewish legal advisors were lawyers, even if they had a limited client base. To the extent that German lawyers stopped performing those functions, i.e. representing the interests of their clients, they were the ones who ceased acting like lawyers. One flagrant example was a defense attorney who, in representing a defendant accused of conspiring to assassinate Hitler on 20 July 1944, told the People's Court that his client's acts horrified him. Then he demanded the death penalty.

- From "Discrimination, Degradation, Defiance: Jewish Lawyers under Nazism" by Douglas G. Morris in The Law in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Opportunism, and the Perversion of Justice, edited by Alan E. Steinweis and Robert D. Rachlin

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