Seventy-five years on from the Nuremberg Trials, the last surviving prosecutor of the Nazi war criminals behind some of history’s worst crimes is 100 years old and still spreading a message to younger generations about the scourge of conflict and repression.
Benjamin Ferencz was 25 and a US soldier when, in the last days of World War II, he was assigned to collect evidence about the war crimes committed by Germany under Adolf Hitler.
Later, Ferencz became a prosecutor at the US military tribunal in Nuremberg, southern Germany, securing the convictions of 22 members of the Einsatzgruppen – paramilitary death squads who slaughtered upwards of a million people, most of them Jews, across occupied Europe.
“There are very few people who have seen what I have seen,” he told Reuters Television from his home in Delray Beach, Florida.
“My job was to get into the concentration camps as they were being liberated, with the dead bodies all over the