By Dylan M. Klim
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton presented its ninth Annual Nuremberg Lawyers Luncheon recently, joining with the South Palm Beach County Bar Association and Lynn University.
Every year the Temple of Beth El gathers to reflect on the importance of what the Nuremberg Trials were to many individuals. There were roughly 200 guests in attendance which included Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly, Judge Milton Hirsch of Florida’s 11 district, Dean of Arts and Sciences Katrina Cater-Tellison, numerous lawyers and congressmen, but most notably Robert Watson, professor.
Along with recognizing the Nuremberg Trials, Watson was awarded a National Civility Award.
“Lynn University is creating a university built on selflessness and respect. We have an entire semester built on civility and working within the community,” said Watson. “The Nuremberg Trials taught us three things: how to learn our lesson, moral courage and most importantly civility.”
The Nuremberg Trials established the foundation of the fundamental principles of law today, as it left a legacy behind. The Nazi Germans left so much evidence behind it could not be ignored. It was mentioned at the luncheon that Holocaust studies need to be mandatory in all states.
Florida is one of just six states to have mandatory studies, a number that many believe should increase.
Throughout the luncheon, it was mentioned how the Holocaust and the history left behind could not be forgotten.
In addition to Robert Watson and Judge Milton Hirsch speaking, Lynn students were able to present their Generation-Z Story Expression Projects. Students reflected on what they heard from Holocaust survivor Tibor Hollo and created an art project based on what they felt.
Tonya Dollard spoke on behalf of Lynn University, as she currently enrolled in a class called the Nuremberg Trials with Professor Sindee Kerker.
“I can guarantee you that if I see injustice in my local community of Miami, I will not sit in silence and keep my mouth shut as the Germans did,” said Dollard, freshman. “I will speak out on behalf of those who are not equipped to defend themselves.”
Individuals that were in attendance hope that a country will never suffer an event like the Holocaust ever again and the Nuremberg Trials serve as a reminder.