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Ferencz interviewed by Michael Krasny

Film | Accession Number: 1994.A.0037 | RG Number: RG-12.021.07

Radio interview with Benjamin Ferencz. Host: Michael Krasny. KGO (ABC news)
Krasny introduces Ferencz as a modest, humble, and witty man who strives for world peace approximated through international law. He summarizes Ferencz's worldview by reading directly from his "Common Sense Guide to World Peace" (1985): we need "...a permanent council of peace composed of renowned thinkers, spiritual, community, and business leaders free of the ideological biases that block solutions to many international problems. Its task would be to mobilize world opinion by disseminating its proposals thorugh all of the modern means of communciation as well as through the many institutions dedicated to a tranquil world." Krasny challenges Ferencz with skepticism that sovereignty and disarmament are surmountable. Ferencz disagrees completely, claiming that the world is moving in the right direction towards peace. He explains the beginnings of international law that were established at Nuremberg and subsequently through various peace treaties. Ferencz stresses planetary interdependence and the need to change old habits in order to prevent destruction. Finally, he urges involvement from the public.
Listeners ask questions during the interview.

Event:  1986 November 05
San Francisco, CA, United States
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Benjamin Ferencz
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:19:28
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