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Peace Palace path named for Nazi war crimes prosecutor

Published: 
20 April 2017
Modified: 
20 April 2017

The Hague will get a Benjamin Ferenczpad. The footpath next to the Peace Palace will be named after one of the figureheads of international justice.

The 97-year old Benjamin Ferencz was the chief prosecutor for the United States in The Einsatzgruppen Case after the Second World War and worked on behalf of the International Criminal Court for many years.

Deputy Mayor Saskia Bruines (International Affairs) travelled to Washington to symbolically present the street sign to the war crimes prosecutor and advocate for global justice. ‘You are a role model for people all over the world, and especially for the young generation, also in the future. This is why we are naming this beautiful path after you.’

Ferencz may be flying to The Hague to attend the official unveiling of the street sign, which will take place in the coming months. 

The American prosecutor emigrated with his family from the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania to New York when he was 10 months old. He graduated from Harvard Law School and specialised in war crimes. In 1943 he joined an anti-aircraft artillery battalion preparing for the invasion of France. As an enlisted man, he fought in every campaign in Europe and gathered evidence of Nazi brutality, including for cases at the Nuremberg war crimes trial.

Published: 
20 April 2017
Modified: 
20 April 2017