Law Concerning Reorganization of the Bar

Loewenstein began writing drafts on the reorganization of the bar in November 1945. A central conflict in the discussions surrounding this law involved the readmission of former Nazis to the bar. Loewenstein believed that it was not possible to permanently block former members of the Nazi Party from rejoining the bar. Many German lawyers had…

Marriage Law

Loewenstein spent approximately six months (September 1945 – March 1946) working on drafting the new marriage law. Along with the law for the reorganization of the bar, the marriage law was Loewenstein’s primary focus during his time at OMGUS. Loewenstein bemoaned the lack of support he had within OMGUS, and frequently claimed that the law…

Law for Civil Service Reform

Loewenstein took great interest in the drafting of the Civil Service Law. He was worried that the Civil Service Law forced Germans to proclaim their loyalty only to the German state, as opposed to a specifically democratic government. OMGUS’s goal was to ensure that at least 90% of German Civil Service personnel had not been…

Law for the Political Liberation from National Socialism and Militarism

Loewenstein helped with the editing of the Law for Political Liberation from National Socialism and Militarism. This law laid down the plans for the denazification process. The law provided information for classifying former Nazis, as well as guidelines on how to punish those who had been members of the Nazi Party. Box 46, Folder 52,…