Am Yisrael Chai event marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Marcia Jaffe

The only living chief prosecutor from the Nuremberg war-crimes trials will speak at Am Yisrael Chai’s annual Holocaust remembrance event Jan. 25, the Sunday before International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Benjamin Ferencz will address the theme of “Justice and Response” at the event, which is free and open to the public at Atlanta Jewish Academy.

Ferencz, a native of Transylvania and Harvard Law School graduate who served in the U.S. Army forces that liberated a German concentration camp, was 27 when he opened the prosecution at Nuremberg in 1947.

He was instrumental in the formation of the International Criminal Court and remains an active human rights lawyer.

“Benjamin Ferencz provides a unique and incredible opportunity for the Atlanta community to hear his perspective on the Nuremberg trials and the lessons learned from the Holocaust,” said Am Yisrael Chai Atlanta’s president, Dr. Andrea Videlefsky. “He is a legendary speaker who travels extensively, bringing his important message to communities around the world, including recent engagements in The Hague and the United Nations.”

Ferencz also will speak the next day at Emory Law School and can be seen in the documentary “Night Will Fall,” screening Feb. 2 at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station and Feb. 17 at United Artists Tara Cinemas as part of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Introducing Ferencz for Am Yisrael Chai will be his son Don, who was born in Nuremberg and is also a lawyer and educator. Father and son created the Planethood Foundation, which “advocates replacing the law of force with the force of law.”

Am Yisrael Chai is a nonprofit organization focused on Holocaust awareness and education and known for the Daffodil Project, in which 180,000 flowers were planted as a living memorial. Am Yisrael Chai also contributes to children’s causes in Rwanda, South Sudan and Darfur.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago.