Ben Ferencz

Ben Ferencz

Benjamin B. Ferencz was born in Transylvania in 1920 and moved to America when he was ten months old. After he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1943, he enlisted in the army. Under General Patton, Ferencz fought in every major battle of the war. He was later transferred to a newly created War Crimes Branch to gather evidence of Nazi brutality. When the war was over, Ferencz returned to New York and was subsequently recruited for the Nuremberg war crimes trials. Ferencz was named Chief Prosecutor for the United States in the Nuremberg "Einsatzgruppen Case."  The Associated Press called it “the biggest murder trial in history.”  Twenty-two defendants were charged with murdering over a million people. Ferencz was 27 years old and it was his first case. He then played a key role in negotiating and implementing German agreements to compensate victims of Nazi persecution. Since then, Ferencz has devoted his life to studying and writing about world peace, and replacing the “rule of force” with the “rule of law." He lives with his wife, Gertrude, in Delray Beach, Florida.



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