Nazi Laws: From Democracy to Dictatorship to Genocide
January 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Temple member and Senior Instructor in Law at Case Western Reserve University Cathy Lesser-Mansfield will discuss the Nazi Party’s rise to power in Germany in the years preceding the Holocaust, the legislative means by which the party and its leader, Adolph Hitler, took the country from the democratic Weimar Republic to the dictatorship it became, the anti-Jewish Nazi laws of the time, and the Nazi court system.
About The Speaker
Before joining the CWRU Law faculty, Senior Instructor in Law Cathy Lesser-Mansfield was a professor of law at Drake University Law School and visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Mansfield teaches a variety of consumer, payments and commercial law courses, and also teaches a course called “Holocaust and the Law.” She is a Distinguished Fellow at The Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Center for National Security and Human Rights Law. She is the composer and librettist of an opera, entitled “The Sparks Fly Upward,” that follows three German families in Berlin, two Jewish and one Christian, through the Holocaust, and she is founder and executive director of The Sparks Fly Upward Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, genocide and tolerance through presentations of Sparks, and ancillary activities.