97-Year-Old Nuremberg Prosecutor Reflects on Prosecution of SS Officers
- Ben Farenz is a 97-year-old former Nuremberg prosecutor
- He worked on what has been called the biggest murder trial ever, prosecuting 22 SS officers for genocide and killing over a million people in Eastern Europe
- He immigrated to the US as a baby and grew up in New York City
- During World War II he served in the Army and was part of an artillery battalion that landed on Normandy Beach
- His legal training got him transferred to a unit created to investigate war crimes
- Upon returning home from war, he vowed not to set foot in Germany again, but was asked by General Telford Taylor to direct a team of researchers in Berlin who found top secret documents related to mass murder by SS officers
- Farenz was made chief prosecutor of these officers at Nuremberg Trial Number Nine.
97-Year-Old Rent Farens Continues Fight for International Peace, Equality
- Rent Farens is a legendary figure in international law who has spent the past 50 years trying to deter war crimes and establish peace
- He was the closing argument in the Hague’s first case
- Farens believes war changes otherwise decent people into murderous Savages
- In his lifetime, he has seen tremendous progress with women’s emancipation and acceptance of same-sex marriage
- Despite being 97 years old, Rent is still passionate about fighting for what he believes in.