In one week from Wednesday, on May 4, prominent American lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, and former Canadian Justice Minister, Irwin Cotler will chair the Nuremberg Symposium–a one-day seminar featuring Supreme Court Judges and Ministers of Justice from around the world as well as many of the few remaining Holocaust Survivors.
Taking place at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, the Nuremberg Symposium will commemorate both the 80th anniversary of the Nuremberg Laws and the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials. While the two legal landmarks bear in common the name of the same German city, they signify two very different experiences. The Nuremberg Laws, enacted at a special Reichstag session, removed citizenship from Germany’s Jewish population (along with several other anti-Semitic measures) and served as the “legal” foundation for the Holocaust. The Nuremberg Trials, undertaken by the Allied Forces, meanwhile, held Nazi German leaders accountable for their “crimes against humanity” and developed the evidence that allows history to understand the scope of Nazi crimes, including the Holocaust. Accordingly, the symposium–presented by the March of the Living, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and Jagiellonian University–is aptly subtitled “The Double Entendre of Nuremberg: The Nuremberg of Hate & The Nuremberg of Justice.”
For more information on the symposium, visit www.nurembergsymposium.com. And watch the event, live when it happens, right here.