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Go see this clip about a little known hero, Ben Ferencz. It’s inspiring, horrifying, morbidly funny at times, honest.
Prosecuting Evil is an extraordinary story about Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor, who continues to press mankind to hold itself accountable for crimes against humanity.
One line in the documentary struck me in particular during the Toronto International Film Festival premier. Ferencz is approached by Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defence under JFK, to co-sign a letter urging President Bill Clinton to sign a treaty, finalized in Rome in 1998, to create a permanent International Criminal Court.
Ferencz tells him that if a World Court existed when McNamara was secretary of state, he may have been convicted of crimes against humanity over atrocities during the Vietnam War. McNamara replies that if such a court existed, he may not have carried out the actions that he did.
Up till then Clinton hesitated but needed to do so before the end of the year to establish the World Court. The letter tipped the scales and Clinton signed at the very last moment.