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Nuremberg Trials and Lessons for Today

Benjamin Ferencz, Eli Rosenbaum, and Mark D Agrast

Consider this. You are 27 years old and given your first case – as the Chief Prosecutor. You are prosecuting 22 defendants who, as members of special “action groups” or Einsatzgruppen, are charged with murdering over a million people. The Associated Press called it “the biggest murder trial in history.”

All of the defendants were convicted. Thirteen were sentenced to death. The verdict was hailed as a great success for the prosecution. Ferencz’s primary objective had been to establish a legal precedent that would encourage a more humane and secure world in the future. Listen to Ben talk about the case and his perceptions on today. Ben is joined in the discussion by Eli Rosenbaum, Director of Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. 


ABA Senior Lawyers Division, ABA Senior Lawyers Division International Committee,  ABA International Law Section Seasoned Lawyer Interest Network (SIN)