Seventy-four years after Hitler’s death and the fall of the Third Reich, UNC professor Eric Muller believes the Nazi regime still holds important ethical implications for America’s political landscape.
On Monday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. in the School of Social Work auditorium, professor Eric Muller — UNC’s Dan K. Moore distinguished professor of law in jurisprudence and ethics — will lead a discussion about the ethical failure of laws in Nazi Germany and their lasting ramifications. The talk will be followed by a reception at the UNC School of Social Work.
Muller, a scholar in the Nazi legal system, a subject matter that he has spoken about around the country, said the historical focus of the discussion will center around the 1930s and the years before the mass genocide of the Holocaust began. There will be an opportunity for questions afterward.
“At the most basic level, this is a historical talk," Muller said. "I’m talking about the organized bar of a Western democracy, with a deep and long tradition of independence, of lawyers and value of lawyers in society and how that came to fall apart."
Muller will also discuss how the profession of law came to exist, tracking from the 1800s to the early 1900s and how the systems that led to the Holocaust were put into place.