MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE

The Elimination of Jewish Attorneys in Hungary During the Holocaust

Preface

It is a great honor to publish the most thorough research yet undertaken on the terrible loss of the Jewish legal community of Hungary during the Holocaust. We do so with the greatest respect to the memories of our late colleagues.

The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, founded in 1969 by the Supreme Court Justices Haim Cohn of Israel, Arthur Goldberg of the United States and Nobel Laureate René Cassin of France, strives to advance human rights everywhere, including the prevention of war crimes and the punishment of war criminals. These goals are achieved by our continuing fight against these phenomena as they occur as well as working assiduously to prevent them.

The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists launched, more than eight years ago, a series of conferences to commemorate the Jewish lawyers and jurists who perished in the Holocaust and their contribution to the law in the countries in which they practiced. In cooperation with the local legal community and public institutions of each country, the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists Association holds international conferences in major cities across Europe, where we remember and memorialize the names, the achievements and the lives of our colleagues – from the bar, from the bench and from academe; the Jewish lawyers, judges, law professors and legislators who lived and practiced in those countries, who studied and taught in their universities, who wrote law books and created precedents.

The story of the Jewish legal community of Hungary is one of creativity, contribution and integration into the larger community. But it is also a story of betrayal, abuse of human dignity and murder. We convened our members from around the world in Budapest, in November 2006, to tell this story, to encourage its remembrance and to promote understanding of how to prevent the rising waves of anti-Semitism we see about us from becoming a new tale of humanity’s descent into evil.

For this conference in Budapest, and as a modest contribution of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists to the remembrance of our colleagues and their legacy, we called for independent research that would collect the names and representative personal stories of colleagues who lost their profession, their life work and, in so many cases, their lives.

We will remember and never forget.

Alex Hertman, Adv.
President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
November 2006


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