Lawyers without Rights Exhibit, shown Internationally, comes to New Bern

Lawyers Without Rights Exhibit
Michael Siegel, a Jewish lawyer, being marched in Munich under SA escort; the sign he wears reads: “I will never again complain to the Police”.

In the first two weeks of September, the highly acclaimed international exhibit – “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich” – will be on display in New Bern at The City Laundry.

On September 9, there will be a free Public Forum and Community Conversation titled, “The Role of Lawyers: Agents for Social Justice,” at The City Laundry from 6 to 8 p.m. Panelists include Michael Tigar, one of America’s greatest living lawyers and resident of Eastern North Carolina. Tigar has represented former Texas politicians Gov. John Connally and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. Rep. Ronald Dellums of California and Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols. He has argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and dozens of federal appeals.

Other panelists include Robert J. McAfee, assistant district attorney and former criminal lawyer in New Bern, and a military attorney who served as a peacekeeper abroad. The panel will be moderated by attorney Ciara Rogers of the firm Oliver & Cheek.

“Lawyers without Rights” has been shown in more than 80 cities in Germany and throughout the world, including several dozen cities in the United States. The exhibit provides a portrait of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany under the Nazi regime, and how the Nazis purged Jewish lawyers as one of the early steps to attack the rule of law in their country.

The exhibit was created by the German Federal Bar and is shown in North America in cooperation with the American Bar Association. The City Laundry is hosting the exhibit as part of its expanded effort to serve as a center for conversation, art and music. The New Bern appearance is co-sponsored by Temple B’nai Sholem in New Bern and the Craven County Bar Association.

“The Craven County Bar Association is honored to partner with the American Bar Association to bring this prestigious event to the New Bern area,” President Michelle Jerome said. “It is a rare opportunity to discuss the role played by members of our profession at a turning point in human history, and a chance to recognize the challenges faced by a new generation of lawyers in today’s politically charged climate.”

Larry Weiss, president of Temple B’nai Sholem, also welcomed the opportunity to help bring the exhibit to New Bern. “The Lawyers Without Rights exhibit serves as a reminder that the rule of law can easily be perverted and points out the need for vigilance if we are to remain a free society,” he said.

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What:  Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany
under the Third Reich

When: Tuesday, September 1, through Sunday, September 13, 2015

Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Where: The City Laundry, 901 Pollock Street, New Bern

Cost: Free

Special tours can be arranged by calling Kathy Adolph at (252) 637-1889

About The City Laundry

Located on the Pollock Street corridor to New Bern’s historic downtown, The City Laundry is a new center for arts creativity and conversation. The facility, at 901 Pollock Street, is part of a more comprehensive effort to revitalize a diverse and economically challenged area that serves as a gateway to New Bern’s historic Tryon Palace and the downtown area. The property, owned by Peter and Katherine Adolph, is a preservation project.

Submitted by: Kathy Adolph