Justice Imperiled: The Anti-Nazi Lawyer Max Hirschberg in Weimar Germany (Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany)

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"This book reads like a legal thriller; it will leave you thinking about the nature of justice and inspired by the human spirit."
-Sister Helen Prejean

Justice Imperiled is the story of the brilliant lawyer Max Hirschberg, one of Germany's most courageous defenders of justice in the face of Hitler's rise to power.

Hirschberg lived an extraordinary life at a defining moment in German and European history. By the time he fled Nazi Germany in 1934, he had argued a series of cases in Munich's courtrooms that shed light on the history of political justice in pre-Nazi Germany and, by extension, the miscarriage of justice in all Western democracies.

Hirschberg was a rare figure: he fought for cases that reflected the new democracy rather than the old monarchy, that valued equality rather than hierarchy, and that showed respect for workers as well as aristocrats.

Throughout the Weimar period Hirschberg squared off in court against Munich's conservatives, reactionaries, and Nazis-twice facing Hitler himself. As he litigated politically charged disputes, he also began fighting to reverse the criminal convictions of innocent defendants and to study what mistaken verdicts teach us about the criminal justice system as a whole.

In a unique blend of biography and courtroom drama, Justice Imperiled captures the excitement of Hirschberg's actual cases and presents legal battles that still rage, in different circumstances, to this day.

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Douglas G. Morris is a trial attorney with the Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn, N.Y., and has a Ph.D. in Modern European History.

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"Justice Imperiled is the tale of Germany's Clarence Darrow, its greatest courtroom lawyer, Max Hirschberg. Driven by his determination that right prevail, he proved that forgotten convicts were innocent; he confronted the most vicious Nazis; and he fought, relentlessly, to answer political arrogance with moral principles. This book reads like a legal thriller; it will leave you thinking about the nature of justice and inspired by the human spirit." - Sister Helen Prejean"

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