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Authors

M. H. Hoeflich

Abstract

During World War I, Jews were allowed to serve in the German armed forces. Gradually Jews were permitted to practice the professions, including law. By the time of the establishment of the Weimar Republic after the war, Jewish lawyers had assumed a major role in the profession and were amongst the most well-known practitioners and law professors. With the accession to power of Hitler and the National Socialist party in the 1930s, however, things changed radically. They were deprived of their rights and dismissed from their jobs. During the period from 1933 to 1941, when escape became impossible, a few Jewish lawyers were able to flee and resettle abroad. These individuals emigrated to Britain, Palestine, Egypt and to the United States. A few, however, those who were lucky or persistent, did succeed in emigrating and many-of these refugee lawyers went on to exceptionally successful careers in their adopted homelands. a conference to be held at Bonn in 1991 which would bring together an international group of legal scholars and surviving refugee lawyers. The subject of the conference was to be the life histories of those men and women who succeeded in escaping from Nazi Germany and who went on to successful legal careers in the United States and Britain.

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