Nuremberg prosecutor Ferencz gets state freedom medal

BOCA RATON – Benjamin Ferencz says the world still has not learned the lesson he helped lay out 75 years ago during the Nuremberg war crimes trials of Nazi officials that followed World War II.

“My hope was that we could create a more humane and peaceful world where no one would be killed or persecuted because of his race or religion or political belief,” said Ferencz, who is 102 and is the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials, which were held in Germany from 1945 to 1949.

But in late February came the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“We see it still happening today, people running with their infant children, hospitals being bombed, and we have not yet learned the lesson from Nuremberg despite the fact that we laid it out clear and unmistakable,” said Ferencz, who lives in Delray Beach .

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