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Born in Soncuta-Mare, Romania

Mini Bio (1)

Benjamin Ferencz was born on March 11, 1920 in Soncuta-Mare, Romania. He has been married to Gertrude since 1946. They have four children.

Spouse (1)

Gertrude (1946 - present) ( 4 children)

Trivia (5)

Shared the 2009 Erasmus Prize with Benjamin Ferencz. This Dutch award is given for "exceptional contribution to culture in Europe".
He is the last living Nuremberg trial prosecutor.
At age 27, he was the youngest prosecutor involved in bringing Nazi war criminals to justice at the Nuremberg trials. He prosecuted leaders of the Einsatzgruppen - roaming death squads who killed more than a million civilians in Eastern Europe.
His family moved to the United States when Ben was 10 months old, and lived in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. His father was a janitor who became a house painter. Ben attended City College and Harvard Law School.
During WWII, he served in the Army in Patton's forces. He was at Normandy, broke though the Maginot and Siegfried lines, crossed the Rhine at Remagen, and took part in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. He was awarded five battle stars. He was present at, or arrived soon after, the liberation of several concentration camps.

Personal Quotes (3)

I was very small. Five-foot-two at the height of my height. It kept me out of the Air Force. I wanted to be a pilot. I couldn't reach the pedals. But, by chance, I had a very good education.
Law not war, that's my motto. Simple. Three words. It causes me pain to see the world as it is. But not to do anything, not to try, that would be a wrong.
My hope is that people will not be content to look at the past and say never again, and then do nothing. So I am taking the measures for preventing it from ever happening again.

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