From Library Journal
Muller, a former professor of law at Bremen University in Germany who now works in the Bremen justice department, argues that German lawyers and jurists willingly cooperated with the draconian regime of the Nazis and leapt to the task of providing the regulations that spelled out Nazi policies. The racial laws, defining Aryans and Jews and restricting the latter by ever-harsher measures, generated a detailed body of legal precedent. Judges enforced the Nazi euthanasia program and made no attempt to interfere with concentration camps. Peoples' Courts and Special Courts were formed so that sentences even more brutal than usual could be imposed. Muller further contends that the postwar West German government failed to make a complete break with Nazi "justice," e.g., judges, lawyers, and law professors under the old system often retained their offices; his indictment of the West German system is largely anecdotal, however. Nevertheless, the book is indispensable for specialists and of interest to informed lay readers.- David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio
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Written by a German lawyer, published in Germany four years ago, and now expertly translated into English...Hitler's Justice
tells an ugly story of moral corruption and professional degradation...Müller's book can in any event help us to see that judges should not be eager enlisters in popular movements of the day, or allow themselves to become so immersed in a professional culture that they are oblivious to the human consequences of their decisions. (Richard A. Posner New Republic
By presenting one horrific perversion of justice after the other, Müller effectively destroys one pious myth to be found in post-war legal literature--that judges never wavered from the positivistic tradition of German law and did no more than apply existing codes. (V. R. Berghahn New York Times Book Review
was designed to accomplish two important goals: first, to bring before the German public evidence establishing the utter failure of the vast majority of the German legal profession during the Third Reich; and second, to expose the unwillingness of the German legal profession after 1945 to acknowledge and remedy its earlier failure. Müller deserves praise for setting himself these goals, as well as for accomplishing them...Today, Hitler's Justice
speaks with particular power to those judges who struggle with the most acute clashes between their sense of justice and the law. (Markus Dirk Dubber Columbia Law Review