Kristallnacht anniversary: What should be the legal status of the bystander?

Seventy-seven years ago, on Nov. 9 1938, Germans stood by as Jewish businesses and synagogues were burned, tens of thousands of Jews were arrested, and nearly a hundred were killed. Discussion of Kristallnacht continues today, with many questions to contemplate: What do we learn from the Holocaust in general, in particular from Kristallnacht, regarding the bystander? What is the responsibility of the individual in the face of unmitigated racism and hatred? What is the most appropriate application of the painful lessons that can be learned from the tragic events?

Amos Guiora, a law professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, is an expert on counter-terrorism and national security and is currently authoring a book about bystanders and the Holocaust, set to publish in 2017. He published an essay this week examining aspects of Kristallnact.

Guiora can offer commentary about the Kristallnact anniversary and legal questions that still linger today.

Phone: 216-470-6386 | Email: amos.guiora@law.utah.edu | Skype: AmosGuiora