Monday, September 23, 2019

Rees on Roscoe Pound and the Nazis

Peter Rees, Boston College Law School, has published Nathan Roscoe Pound and the Nazis in the Boston College Law Review 60 (2019): 1313-1347:
Roscoe Pound, 1931 (LC)
When Roscoe Pound, Dean of Harvard Law School, accepted an honorary degree from aleading German university in 1934, it was interpreted as a gesture of support for the Nazi Party. Was this a naïve misstep, or something more sinister? This Article addresses that question. It highlights previously unknown encounters between Pound and senior Nazi figures at the time, and an unusual relationship between Pound and a suspected Nazi agent that lasted throughout the Second World War, and beyond. These revelations necessarily bring into question Pound’s personal ethics and his professional responsibilities as a lawyer.
--Dan Ernst