Lawyers Without Rights Testimonials
“It was a genuine privilege for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to host this thought-provoking exhibit. Hitler's systematic exclusion of German lawyers, judges and prosecutors from practicing their profession was a calculated strategy to set the stage for a cruel dictatorship and unthinkable crimes against humanity. The lesson to be learned from this assault on the rule of law is its fragility, even in a civilized nation, and the ease with which a popular leader can — through a reign of fear — achieve an oppressive , totalitarian state. It is a vivid reminder that we must vigilantly guard against any threat to a fair and just legal system and preserve the rule of law.”
— Chief Judge Michael Davis and Judge Susan Richard Nelson, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
"The Lawyers Without Rights exhibit offered a superb opportunity for Southwestern to work with members of our broader Los Angeles community to create programs around the exhibit. From leaders of the Jewish community to representatives of the German government to private lawyers who managed to reclaim treasured art seized by the Nazi government, these programs drew together students and faculty with lawyers and others who had never, or seldom, visited our law school."
— Dean Susan Prager, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles
“The initial challenge in providing an educational experience about the Shoah is the numbers. It has been well documented that most people have a limited comprehension of six million lives lost. Lawyers Without Rights, with its detailed accounts of the persecution of individual Jewish lawyers and their ultimate fate, helps the observer connect with a real human being, as opposed to a statistic. An almost reverential sentiment was noticeable in the exhibit area. It told us that the attendees were connecting with the stories of the victims on an individual level. People will remember that, much more readily than a number. Lawyers Without Rights helped on an instructive and emotional level. The entire Congregation expressed its gratefulness for the presence of the exhibit"
— Scott Butnick, president, Temple Shalom Brotherhood, Dallas, Texas
“In 1933 Germany, one of the most enlightened countries of Europe, elected and then appointed Hitler as its absolute “Fuhrer,” a leader who then made himself dictator. The Jews became his victims. Hitler started at the top with the most visible — judges, lawyers and professors, and barred them from their institutions and government employment. He deported some to Dachau and some to their death in Lithuania. My father Israel Ipp was a Jewish lawyer in Lithuania who was barred from his successful law practice and deprived of his rights. It is a privilege to have brought this exhibit to Richmond, Va. where law students, professors, judges and lawyers, as well as The Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court, had the opportunity through this exhibit to delve into the rule of law, and how easily all can be lost.
— Jay M. Ipson, co-founder of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond