Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights SIU Law's Legal Globalization Course
April 22, 2014,
On a table in a courtroom in the Palace of Justice in Munich, Germany, sits a vase filled with white roses. It's next to a window - when the sun shines, rays illuminate the petals.
Hanging on the wall next to the table are photos of six Germany youths executed during World Warr II for their opposition to the Nazi Party.
Led by Hans Scholl, 24 at the time of his death, and his sister Sophie, 21, they were the White Rose, a group that distriubted anti-Nazi leaflets throughout Munich in 1942 and 1943.
For the Southern Illinois University School of Law students who visited the courtroom last month, the deeds of the White Rose activist spoke volumes.
So did their youth.
"What struck me the most is that these young people had stood in this very room and been sentenced to death," said second-year student Margaret Szewczyk. "They were very young, but they looked even younger than they were."
Szewczyk is one of seven students who traveled to Germany with Cynthia Fountaine, SIU's law dean, for an 11-day trip as part of her course, Legal Globalization and Comparative Law: Germany and The Development of International Courts.
Another 13 students spent eight days in Cuba with professor Cindy G. Buys for her class, Legal Globalization and Comparative Law: Cuba.
Both trips are part of SIU's ongoing Legal Globalization and Comparative Law Program.