A Monument Man in the Courtroom: Litigating the Holocaust

"A Monument Man in the Courtroom: Litigating the Holocaust,"  A lecture by UC Hastings College of the Law Professor Morris Ratner

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7:00 p.m. Lecture
Monday, April 7, 2014
University Center, UCSC

UC Santa Cruz will present a lecture by UC Hastings College of the Law Professor Morris Ratner titled "A Monument Man in the Courtroom: Litigating the Holocaust," on Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m., at UCSC’s University Center.

Admission is free and open to the public, with pre-registration encouraged to ensure a seat in the event of a sold out event.

Morris Ratner is best known for prosecuting Holocaust-era private law claims against Swiss, German, Austrian, and French entities that profited from Nazi atrocities. These organizations profited by retaining dormant bank accounts, failing to pay on life insurance policies, and benefitting from the use of slave labor. 

Ratner’s litigation resulted in a series of settlements that, together, yielded payments in excess of $8 billion to victims of Nazi persecution.  Many of Ratner’s clients were young children during the Nazi era who had little knowledge of their family’s assets, and no idea how to pursue a case or even from whom to seek justice. 

Ratner’s talk is the inaugural lecture in the UC Hastings Social Justice Speakers Series to be given by Hastings faculty at UCSC.

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UCSC’s Legal Studies Program, Division of Social Sciences, Institute for Humanities Research, Neufeld-Levin Holocaust Chair Endowment, Politics Department, UC Hastings College of the Law, Santa Cruz County Bar Association, Santa Cruz Women Lawyers Association, Temple Beth El, The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County, and Santa Cruz Hillel.

Questions: Please call Kristin Palma at 831.459.5075, or e-mail kpalma@ucsc.edu