family remembrances program


Four lawyers from the Washington area, all descendants of attorneys purged from the practice of law by the Nazis in the 1930s, shared their stories at a “Family Remembrances” program on Sept. 15 in conjunction with the Lawyers Without Rights exhibit at the German-American Heritage Museum in downtown D.C.

"The clearest way to show what the rule of law
means to us in everyday life is to recall what has
happened when there is no rule of law."

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Munich lawyer Dr. Michael Siegel (1882-1979) had complained to Munich Police Headquarters in early 1933, when one of his clients was taken into 'protective custody'. He had the legs of his trousers cut off and was led through Munich's inner city streets barefoot with a board around his neck that read: "I will never complain to the police again!"

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Fritz Glaser, a lawyer in the city Dresden, was prohibited to practice due to his faith and various clients he represented.
After 1945 Glaser was re-admitted as a lawyer, but was ostracized from society when he represented the interests of a Nazi judge.

Otto Dix: Lawyer Dr. Fritz Glaser and family, 1925.
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Galerie Neue Meister.

Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- u. Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; Abt. Dt. Fotothek

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