The Jewish Community Center of Harrison, 130 Union Avenue, Harrison, and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a special screening and discussion on May 15 of the documentary, Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz. Produced and directed by Barry Avrich, Prosecuting Evil tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz - the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.”
After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became the lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million Jews were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today.
Ferencz has been involved with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum since its creation 26 years ago. He has donated his personal archives to the Museum, which includes 500,000 pages of documentation, and funded the Ferencz International Justice Initiative at the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. In 2015 he received the Museum’s highest honor, the Elie Wiesel Award, for his work holding Nazi perpetrators accountable and advocating for Holocaust survivors and other victims of genocide.
Prosecuting Evil is a production of Melbar Entertainment Group with assistance from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Ferencz International Justice Initiative. The Museum will co-present this event with Bet Torah, Mount Kisco, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Rye, documentary channel, Melbar Entertainment Group, Rogers Documentary Fund and the Jewish Community Center of Harrison.
This is the second program that the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has held at The JCC of Harrison. The museum has an ongoing relationship with the JCC as a number of the Museum’s donors are members of the JCC.
There will be a post screening discussion with Barry Avrich, Director and Producer of Prosecuting Evil, and Elizabeth Little, Senior Advisor, Ferencz International Justice Initiative, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Barry Avrich is a Canadian director, producer, author and marketing executive. He has made over 45 notable films in a career spanning 30 years. His critically acclaimed documentaries include Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky, The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman and An Unlikely Obsession: Churchill and the Jews. In 2019, he released 2 new films; The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret and Prosecuting Evil. For Netflix, Avrich released the critically acclaimed film Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.
The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Registration is required at ushmm.org/events/prosecuting-evilharrison.