(No) Review? Period 1933–1945 Seen from a Notary’s Point of View Cover Image

(Ni)kakav osvrt? Period 1933-1945. iz ugla jednog notara
(No) Review? Period 1933–1945 Seen from a Notary’s Point of View

Author(s): Oliver Vossius
Subject(s): History of Law, Law and Transitional Justice, Political history, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Fascism, Nazism and WW II, Sociology of Law
Published by: Centar za unapređivanje pravnih studija
Keywords: rule of law; Aryanism; law in the Third Reich; notaries; confrontation with one’s past; legal overcoming of authoritarian past in Germany; transitional justice;

Summary/Abstract: Author puts forth view that after 1945. the Third Reich became a topic to be reviewed not merely by historians. In the 1960’s lawyers also begin to analyse their own past. Professor Ilse Staff (born in 1928) is at the forefront of this movement. Her book „Judiciary in the Third Reich: A Documentation“, published in 1964, encouraged numerous German lawyers to face the evils of country’s authoritarian past. In his text, Vossius presents results of years of analysing the abuse of German law during Nazi rule. One of the main topics of his research is the role of notaries in the forced appropriation of property from the Jews. He closes his presentation in the following way: „We probably owe gratituted to total defeat of 1945 and the subsequent regime of occupation zones for being at all able to discuss this topic in Germany today. After the initial hesitation, this still lead to the regaining of conscience. I don’t know if world will necessary become a better place in this manner. Fritz Bauer once said „We cannot make Heaven on Earth, but each one of us is capable of contributing to making it Hell“. In this regard, casting a look backwards seems a better option than to overlook or repress such a problem“.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 11-29
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Serbian