German Jewish Women Lawyers in the Third Reich

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The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (Catholic Law) hosted the opening of a cosponsored exhibit entitled “German Women Jewish Lawyers in the Third Reich” on Wednesday, October 18. Catholic Law was joined by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Deutscher Juristinnenbund (“German Women Lawyers Association”) in sponsoring this exhibit.

This exhibition, which includes biographical panels currently displayed in the Louise H. Keelty and James Keelty, Jr. Atrium, examines the lives and experiences of seventeen Jewish women who practiced law in Germany prior to 1945. These women were pioneers who spearheaded the creation of the legal profession in the Weimar Republic, thus suffering at the hands of the Third Reich. Those who were not murdered immigrated either to the United Kingdom or the United States, in the process unequivocally struggling to recreate their careers in the legal profession. The descendants of some of these women participated in a panel discussion moderated by American University's director of its Jewish Studies Program, Dr. Lauren B. Strauss.

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