November 2020 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5781,  Volume 26, Issue 11

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Presents Benjamin Ferencz

To mark the quest for justice in the “biggest murder trial in history” 75 years ago this month, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will be presenting the forthcoming Facebook Live virtual event with Benjamin Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg Trials prosecutor, on Wednesday, November 18, at 10:30 a.m. ET.

 

At age 27, in his first turn as a prosecutor, Benjamin Ferencz led what was then called “the biggest murder trial in history.” On behalf of the US government, he won guilty verdicts against 22 Nazi leaders of mass shooting operations that murdered over a million Jews. The Nuremberg Trials, which began 75 years ago this month, aimed to achieve a measure of justice for the unimaginable scale of Holocaust and war crimes. Ben, now 100, has devoted his life to pursuing peace, demanding justice for victims, and preventing genocide. Learn Ben’s inspiring story and why his motto is: “Never give up.”

 

The program will be moderated by Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Topics that will be discussed include: How 27-year-old U.S. prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz outlined the purpose of trying members of the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing squads). This was the ninth trial before the American military tribunal in Nuremberg; After the Nuremberg trials ended, Ferencz fought for compensation for victims and survivors of the Holocaust, the return of stolen assets, and other forms of restitution for those who had suffered at the hands of the Nazis; Since the 1970s, Ferencz has worked tirelessly to promote development of international mechanisms to outlaw and punish aggressive war and the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. His efforts contributed to the establishment of the International Criminal Court and to the recognition of aggression as an international crime.

 

More information on the Facebook Live event can be found at:

https://www.ushmm.org/online-calendar/event/vefbstayconnur1120

 

Watch live at facebook.com/holocaustmuseum. You do not need a Facebook account to view the program. After the live broadcast, the recording will be available to watch on demand on the Museum’s Facebook page.