Nazi Laws: From Democracy to Dictatorship in Genocide

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In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Senior Instructor in Law Cathy 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.

Speaker’s Bio:

Before joining the CWRU Law faculty, Senior Instructor in Law Cathy 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.

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The Chicago-Kent College of Law's Center for National Security and Human Rights Law is a forum in which scholars, practitioners, students and the general public can grapple with the complex and evolving issues surrounding national security law, along with the manner in which society must balance the competing interests of security and freedom.

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Subject Headings

Nazi laws; Nazi laws and genocide; Holocaust; German politics; Germany--dictatorship


CWRU School of Law, A59, Mootcourt Room

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