War, Peace, and Human Rights

Program 17 • 29 mins


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Benjamin Ferencz is an impassioned, heart-filled advocate for human rights and global peace. Now in his 80s, Ferencz devotes all his time and energy to the daunting mission of changing our glorification of war to a reverence for peace. Meet one of the most inspiring leaders of today as he expounds on his experience of collecting evidence of at Nazi concentration camps, the governance of human behavior, the education of young Americans, and his tireless pursuit to establish an international criminal court at the United Nations.


  • How do we create a world where war becomes unnecessary?
  • Why are women and children—innocent civilians—oftentimes the casualties of war?
  • Can anybody ever really win a war?
  • Why do we need an international criminal court?
  • How can the world stand by and watch while genocides have occurred?
  • What can we teach our children so they avoid waging war against “the other,” and teach them to value peace?

I served for three years in the United States Army, in every battle from the Battle of the Bulge to the beaches of Normandy, and I tell you there will never be a war without crimes—never—because warfare itself is the biggest crime of all.”

—Benjamin Ferencz, renowned human rights advocate and former prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials


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