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Oral history interview with Benjamin B. Ferencz

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0269

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Benjamin B. Ferencz, born in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, Romania in 1920, describes moving to New York City; receiving his education at the City College of New York and Harvard Law School; enlisting in the United States Army in World War II and serving as an anti-aircraft gunner with the 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion; serving on a war crimes investigation team that was charged with recovering evidence for war crimes in German towns and concentration camps; General Telford Taylor asking him to act as prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Trial in Nuremberg; returning home, where he became involved in the restitution of goods and money to the victims of Nazi atrocities; his appointments as the Director-General of the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization, where he served until 1956, and as the Director of the United Restitution Organization from 1951 until 1993; publishing several legal texts about world peace and international criminal law, including “Less Than Slaves”; and advocating for an international criminal court as a proponent of the United Nations.

Interviewee
Mr. Benjamin B. Ferencz
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1994 August 26  (interview)
1994 October 21  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
16 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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