Dr. Douglas Morris, Esq., Ph.D., a legal historian and a criminal defense attorney for indigent clients in New York City., will discuss his recently published book, Legal Sabotage: Ernst Fraenkel in Hitler’s Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2020) with Dr. Mia Serban, Associate Professor of Law & Society at Ramapo College. Gross Center Director, Dr. Michael A. Riff will act as moderator. The program will be delivered virtually via Zoom on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m. It will be presented under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is free and open to the public.Registration to attend via Zoom is at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/german-jewish-attorney-and-political-scientist-resisting-nazism-tickets-140695753787
Attorney and legal theorist Ernst Fraenkel was one of twentieth-century Germany’s great intellectuals who worked within Nazi Germany actively resisting the regime, both publicly and secretly. Pursuing a dual track, he represented political defendants in court, while engaging in dangerous resistance work underground. Morris’s account not only is not only a story one man’s struggle against a repressive regime, but sheds light generally on the limits of resisting Nazi rule.