The vast literature on the Holocaust curiously contains few discussions of the role of German lawyers, judges and legal officials. These largely cursory comments typically minimize the involvement of jurists in Nazi atrocities. However, the fact is that the German legal profession and judiciary played a prominent role in the excesses of the Third Reich. For instance, an estimated 32,600 persons were sentenced to death during the twelve years of Hitler's regime.
The Prosecution of Josef Altstoetter et al.: Law, Lawyers and Justice in the Third Reich, 16 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 343 (1998).