Sprawuj Sie (Do Good): Using the Experience of Holocaust Rescuers to Teach Public Service Values

81 Rev. Jur. UPR 1053 (2012) - Forthcoming

University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 115

38 Pages Posted: 23 May 2012

See all articles by Christina A. Zawisza

Christina A. Zawisza

University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Date Written: May 23, 2012

Abstract

My cherished Polish ethnic roots have motivated my exploration of the Holocaust, its lessons, and their effect on me as I teach a children’s legal clinic and also advise students on pro bono and public service projects and careers. I attended the 2004 Global Alliance for Justice Education conference in Krakow, Poland, and, since then, I have been reflecting on its Holocaust theme of “Using the Example of Lawlessness to Teach Social Justice.” I am convinced that there are more lessons to be learned from that horrific era in addition to the theme that conference conveys. I also teach and write in a Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) vein. Thus my ruminations have centered on applying the TJ techniques of rewinding and reframing to the example of the Holocaust’s lawlessness in order to focus on its flip side. There was tremendous altruism at work then that led many individuals to become rescuers and helpers of those whom the Nazis would choose to eliminate. What were the characteristics of these rescuers? What led them to “do good?” How can I match these characteristics with the motivations of the millennial generation of law students I encounter in order to model and teach public service values? What are some examples of a rewound and reframed approach to my modeling and my teaching? This article investigates these themes.

Suggested Citation

Zawisza, Christina A., Sprawuj Sie (Do Good): Using the Experience of Holocaust Rescuers to Teach Public Service Values (May 23, 2012). 81 Rev. Jur. UPR 1053 (2012) - Forthcoming, University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 115, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2065469

Christina A. Zawisza (Contact Author)

University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ( email )

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Memphis, TN 38103-2189
United States

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