April 28, 2017
The exhibit “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich” opens on April 28 at the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum on Royal Street.
The exhibit tells the story of how Jewish attorneys and judges were persecuted in Germany when Adolf Hitler came to power in the 1930s. It has been shown in more than 40 cities in the United States.
“It’s a very compelling exhibit that has been exhibited throughout Europe and also throughout much of the United States, but this is the first time it has ever been brought to Louisiana,” Mark Cunningham, an attorney at Jones Day who brought the exhibit to Louisiana, said.
The exhibit started in 1998 as the brainchild of a lawyer in Israel who knew there was a list in Berlin of lawyers whose licenses to practice had been revoked by the Nazis. The regional bar in Berlin provided the list, researched individual stories and helped compose the exhibit. Axel Filges of the Berlin Bar took over the exhibit and many local bar associations added to it.