Lawyers Without Rights

Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich

December 10th – February 13th


Prior to World War II, Jewish lawyers in Germany were accepted members of society and comprised about 40% of all members of their profession. In 1933, a statute banning all Jewish judges, prosecutors, and lawyers from the courts was issued. The exhibit, Lawyers Without Rights, focuses on these individuals and tells the story of what happened.


 Portrayed in the exhibition are more than 25 Jewish lawyers and judges, both well-known and lesser-known, some of whom successfully escaped. The exhibition panels feature both biographical information and photos of the persecuted as well as documents and historical evidence. The vivid presentation of individuals’ fates is completed by several general panels ranging from the beginnings of exclusion until the end of persecution after 1945.

Created by the German Federal Bar in conjunction with the American Bar Association, Lawyers Without Rights was first presented in 2000 and has toured more than 80 cities in Germany, Europe, Israel and worldwide. The Maine Jewish Museum is honored to present this compelling exhibit on the 3rd floor exhibit hall from December 10th – February 13, 2015. Click to learn more: Lawyers Without Rights.



Thanks to our corporate sponsors for their support of this exhibition.