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Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017
Law, Justice, and the Holocaust: Speaker Event & Panel Exhibition, June 12
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On Friday, April 7, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey will host the opening ceremony of the Franklin County Justice Center. In addition to Chief Justice Carey, speakers will include Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Carol Gladstone, Representative Stephen Kulik of the 1st Franklin District, Representative Paul Mark of the 2nd Berkshire District, Representative Susannah Whipps of the 2nd Franklin District, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Franklin County Bar Association Chair John Stobierski, and Greenfield District Court First Justice William F. Mazanec. Franklin County Register of Probate John F. Merrigan will deliver welcoming remarks.
The renovation of the Franklin County Justice Center began in 2014. The new courthouse incorporates the historic 1932 façade of the original building with a 104,000 square foot, three-story addition. The Justice Center's six courtrooms include updated technological capabilities to allow for hearings to be conducted by video conference and newly installed recording equipment for court proceedings. The courthouse will also offer WiFi for visitors. The expanded building houses five court departments: Juvenile, Superior, District, Housing, and Probate and Family Courts, as well as the Law Library, Court Service Center, and Registry of Deeds.
Franklin County Justice Center
43 Hope Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Friday, April 7, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Keynote speaker Martha Minnow, dean of Harvard Law School, will present "Reflections on Law, Justice and the Holocaust," on Monday, June 12 at 4 p.m. at the Seven Justice Courtroom, John Adams Courthouse. This event is open to the public.

A panel discussion will follow the keynote address with panelists:

Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice David Lowy Lowy's father escaped Eastern Europe shortly before Germany invaded the Sudetenland.  All four of Lowy's father's grandparents, and many of his father's other relatives, were sent to concentration camps where they perished.

George Bachrach, current President, Environmental League of Massachusetts, and former State Senator
After the Nazis marched into Vienna, Bachrach's grandmother and mother emigrated to the U.S., but his grandfather did not and was sent to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz concentration camps.

Mike Ross, attorney, former Boston City Councilor, and a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Ross's father, Steve Ross, was liberated from the Dachau concentration camp in 1945, and brought to a Jewish orphanage in Mattapan in 1948. Steve Ross later founded the New England Holocaust Memorial near Faneuil Hall.

About the exhibit:
The Law, Justice, and the Holocaust panel exhibition is now on display in the Great Hall of the John Adams Courthouse in  Boston. The panel exhibition runs until November 17.

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims--six million were murdered; Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), people with mental and physical disabilities, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi Germany. This panel exhibition was originally created to provide participants in the "Law, Justice, and the Holocaust" seminars for legal professionals with a brief overview of the Holocaust from the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship in Germany in 1933 to the collapse of the Nazi German state at the end of the Second World War in 1945.

The Law, Justice, and the Holocaust panel exhibition was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with the generous support of Dr. Donald and Sue Hecht.

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. It far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit