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Courtroom to Revolutionary StagePerformance and Ideology in Weimar Political Trials$
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Henning Grunwald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609048.001.0001

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‘Nursing Revolutionary Fighters’ and ‘Legal SA-Duty’: Ten Political Lawyers

‘Nursing Revolutionary Fighters’ and ‘Legal SA-Duty’: Ten Political Lawyers

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Courtroom to Revolutionary Stage

Grunwald Henning

Oxford University Press

Based on ten political lawyers from across the ideological spectrum, the chapter introduces the protagonists of Weimar political defence work. As well as sketching their biographies, it considers the lawyers’ career patterns, their distinctive self-view and highly politicized conception of judicial procedure. Relations with non-political peers were often tense, as were interactions within the group of party lawyers, inside and between political camps. And yet, this chapter argues, carving out the niche of political specialists in the bar was their collective accomplishment. Their professional ethos, while contrasting starkly with received norms of lawyerly conduct, was in important ways shared across ideological boundaries. It rationalized their abrasive and at times flamboyant style of pleading as well as their subordination to party discipline. While highly individualistic, the barristers formed a distinctive group without whose contribution the politicization of Weimar justice is hard to account for.

Keywords:   lawyer biographies, honour courts, Hans Frank, Hans Litten, Paul Levi, Rüdiger von der Goltz, Walter Luetgebrune

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