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Lawyers without Rights Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich

UJIA Bench & Bar committee and the Jewish Museum hosted 100 people for a reception at the Temple Church on 15 July 2009 to view the special exhibition 'Lawyers without Rights – Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich' and to hear a talk by The Hon Mr Justice Jack Beatson, co-author of Jurists Uprooted - German Speaking Emigré Lawyers in 20th Century Britain.

Please find attached a photo from the event. Caption, left to right: Richard Jacobs QC, Jane Mischon and Samantha Leek (UJIA Bench & Bar Co-Chairs), Mrs Bea Green, Mr Justice Jack Beatson and Rickie Burman (Director of the Jewish Museum).

Those attending also heard from Bea Green (third from right in photo) who left Germany on the Kindertransport in 1939. Her father, Munich lawyer Dr. Michael Siegel, is shown next to her on the exhibition panel in a photo dating from April 1933. Mrs Green explained how he had complained to Munich Police Headquarters when one of his clients was taken into custody and as a result, he had his trouser legs cut off and was led through Munich’s streets with a board around his neck that read: ‘I will never complain to the police again!’ Siegel managed to flee to Peru as late as 1940 where he died in 1979.

Proceeds from the event will be split between UJIA Bench & Bar committee project ‘Youth Futures’ and the Jewish Museum Development Project. The exhibition will be on view at the Temple Church until 31 July 2009.

For more information or images, please contact Dina Wosner: 020 8371 7371 or

Monday 28th March, 2011

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