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Letter: Exhibit is model for us all in today’s troubled times

Exhibit is model for us all in today’s troubled times

The international “Lawyers Without Rights – Jewish Lawyers under the Third Reich” exhibit is currently at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library until Dec. 20. This exhibit is a fascinating and poignant look at how the highly educated and cultured German leadership systematically disqualified Jews from practicing law, while these same leaders simultaneously planned the annihilation of all Jews.

The exhibit’s existence demonstrates deep introspection and willingness to confront the truth by the current generation of German society. The Federal Republic of Germany has taken a leadership role in teaching “Never Again” to the atrocities of the Shoah – Holocaust against the Jews of Europe.

Locally, Christian Koelbl III, former honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Matthew Charles Collard, the current honorary consul in conjunction with the American Bar Association and German Federal Bar, has brought this world-renowned exhibit to Buffalo.

The exhibit has been displayed in nearly 100 cities in Germany, the United States and other parts of the world. This exhibit is a model for us all, especially in these times. The officials in Germany during World War II in no way resemble the leaders in Germany today. Current German leadership is an example of how examination and self-reflection can influence one’s actions now.

Pieter G. Weinrieb

Sharon Malek Jacobs

Co-presidents, The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo