Alexander Hoeppel

NS-Justiz und Rechtsbeugung

Die strafrechtliche Ahndung deutscher Justizverbrechen nach 1945
[Nazi Justice and Violation of the Law. The Criminal Punishment of German Judicial Crime after 1945.]
2019. XX, 585 pages.
DOI 10.1628/978-3-16-157023-0
Published in German.
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In the aftermath of 1945, why were practitioners of law rarely sentenced for the crimes they committed during the Nazi era? Was it because the judges themselves were former Nazi party members or sympathisers? For Alexander Hoeppel, this train of thought does not go far enough: his study reveals that German jurisprudence actually went to the extent of adopting a legal doctrine that shielded judges and other legal professionals from being prosecuted for crimes committed in office – and continues to do so even to this day.

Beiträge zur Rechtsgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts (BtrRG)