Honoring the Life of Benjamin Ferencz

Share on Social Media

Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving member of the prosecuting team at the Nuremberg Trials that convicted Nazi leaders for crimes against humanity, died last week. He was 103.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Ferencz was 27 years old when he was named as the chief prosecutor at the Einsatzgruppen Trial. Twenty members of the SS’s mobile death squads were convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Two others were convicted of membership in a criminal organization. Ferencz would later play a key role on the team that negotiated the 1952 reparations agreements when West Germany agreed to pay $822 million to the State of Israel and to groups representing Holocaust survivors.

In addition to speaking at a digital event with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in 2019, Ferencz’s story is told throughout the Holocaust Gallery within our award-winning museum.


The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, HHC impacts more than 2.5 million people every year through digital and in-person events, museum tours, educational experiences, social media, and virtual content. From Australia to India, individuals from more than 25 countries and 30 states engage with our mission. For more information, visit www.holocaustandhumanity.org