A view of the meeting room: Dr. Stefan Pürner, IRZ; lecturer Dr. Aleksandar Spasov, Faculty of Law in Skopje; Miroslava Dzadzeva, el§a, during the discussions (head end, left to right)

A view of the meeting room: Dr. Stefan Pürner, IRZ; lecturer Dr. Aleksandar Spasov, Faculty of Law in Skopje; Miroslava Dzadzeva, el§a, during the discussions (head end, left to right)

The persecution of Jewish lawyers during the National Socialist era in Germany, and particularly the fate of Hans Litten, were the subjects of a lecture held on 28 March 2017 by the IRZ, in partnership with the Skopje section of the European Law Students Association (EL§A).

The event was opened by Miroslava Dzadzeva, President of the Skopje EL§A group and by the lecturer Dr. Aleksandar Spasov. Following the lecture, during which excerpts from a BBC TV documentary about Hans Litten were also shown, a lively discussion took place.

This event follows on from lectures on the abuse of civil law to discriminate against Jews during the National Socialist era, which have taken place over the past two years at various faculties in south-eastern European partner states of the IRZ and are due to continue in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Kragujevac, Serbia. Events have already taken place in the following locations:  

•    University of Belgrade Law Faculty, Serbia,
•    University of Nis Law Faculty, Serbia
•    University of Podgorica Law Faculty, Montenegro
•    University of Sarajevo Law Faculty, Bosnia and Herzegovina
•    University of Zenica Law Faculty, Bosnia and Herzegovina
•    Centre of German Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia.

At these events, the general mechanisms used to abuse the law in authoritarian systems and the rocky road taken by Germany to overcome its own legal history are also discussed. These topics should also be part of the corresponding discussions in the south-eastern European partner states. This series of lectures is linked with other IRZ activities on “Coming to terms with the past”.