January 27, 2023
Benjamin Ferencz was born in 1920 to a Hungarian Jewish family. The family emigrated to the United States when he was an infant and lived on the lower East Side of Manhattan. Benjamin lived there until he graduated from college at City College of New York. He then attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1943. He enlisted in the US army and served under General Patton’s 3rd Battalion at the Battle of the Bulge. During the war he was assigned the gruesome task of collecting evidence against the Nazis. After the war, as a young attorney, he was recruited to the legal prosecution team of the Nuremberg trials. His efforts resulted in the conviction of all 22 defendants and 13 death sentences. After the initial set of trials had been completed, evidence remained of the massacre at Babyn Yar (now in Ukraine). Lead prosecutors were uninterested in further pursuit of Nazi perpetrators. At the age of 27 years old Benjamin took the case on himself and succeeded in obtaining 12 more convictions. It’s been 75 years since the Holocaust. PBW pays tribute to this American hero who reminds us all that we shall “never forget”.
Check out his full story here: https://cnn.it/3HEmGSI.