War, the horror of mass atrocities and the pursuit of justice shaped the direction of Benjamin Ferencz’s life  — driving him to dedicate his career to influencing the international community to try and stop crimes against humanity.

Ferencz graduated from Harvard Law School in 1943, and joined the Army, serving under General Patton. After the war ended Ferencz’s real fight began — the US recruited him to be a chief prosecutor at what became one of the largest criminal trials in history — Nuremberg. This experience altered the course of his life.

For the past 60 years, Ferencz has spoke publicly about the need to make war-making a crime, written books, and lobbied Congress as well as the United Nations. Like Raphael Lemkin, he is often referred to as an “unofficial man” since he does not work for an organization or government; he works for the forgotten faces of genocide.

Benjamin Ferencz follows a simple principle: conviction to a cause can make a difference.  At 93, Ferencz is still a constant presence at the United Nations, lobbying delegates to act in the name of humanity.  Learn more about Ferencz @

How many millions more must die in uniform or as innocent civilians before the time is ripe to bring criminals before the bar of justice?

– Benjamin B. Ferencz