Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Stolleis on Law and Lawyers Preparing the Holocaust

Law and Lawyers Preparing the Holocaust by Michael Stolleis appears in the December 2007 issue of the Annual Review of Law & Social Science. Stolleis is currently Interim Director of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History and is the author of A History of Public Law in Germany, 1941-1945, The Law under the Swastika: Studies on Legal History in Nazi Germany, and other works of German legal history. He has posted a short abstract on SSRN:
After an introduction into the paradoxes of the coexistence of a traditional legal order, oppression, and persecution of opponents and minorities under the National Socialist government in Germany (1933-1945), the article explains how deep the National Socialist ideology penetrated several fields (constitutional and administrative law, penal law, tax law, etc.). I conclude with a short reflection concerning the problem of historicizing Nazi law.