Citizens for Global Solutions National Advisory Council member Benjamin Ferencz celebrated his 99th birthday this month.
On behalf of CGS, board member Larry David wrote, “Greetings on your 99th birthday! All the folks at Citizens for Global Solutions wish you a wonderful birthday and congratulations on hitting the mark! We are all recalling with appreciation your participation by phone at our D.C. meeting last November in Washington D.C. when we presented you with the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award.”
Mr. Ferencz replied, “Many thanks. Law not war. Never give up!”
Ben Ferencz was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and served as chief prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Trial, one of the 12 Nuremberg Trials. All of the 22 defendants were convicted. Ferencz later became a leading advocate of the International Criminal Court, publishing several books on the subject. Since the establishment of the ICC, he has campaigned for full U.S. participation without reservations. In 1988, while working as an adjunct professor of international law at Pace University, Ferencz co-authored “PlanetHood: The Key to Your Future,” which calls for a system of international law including a global congress.
At the CGS national meeting in Washington, DC in November 2018, Ben was honored with the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award. While he was unable to attend in person, he received the award by phone from his Florida home and discussed his long career, focusing in particular on his partnership with Norman Cousins when they together advocated for women survivors of German medical experiments during World War II.