Solidarity in this essay is differentiated from collectivism, conformity, group think, herd mentality and mob action. It is defined as a mindful and empathetic choice to work in unity with others to alleviate human suffering and uphold human dignity by advancing systems of greater justice, peace, freedom, and inclusion for all. This form of solidarity is explored through the prism of one person’s life – that of Benjamin Ferencz – and how he used his experience, talents, and skills to develop and promote the international legal framework needed to address and prevent crimes against humanity. It traces his life from birth into a Jewish Hungarian family and early experience as a poor immigrant in New York City, to his study and research on war crimes at Harvard law School and his first law case as a Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals. It discusses his subsequent work on reparations for victims of Nazi persecution, and his role in drafting, negotiating, and promoting ratification of the Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court. Also included are personal reflections on his life and personality, and discussion, excerpts, and a list of some of the publications by and about him.
Mische, Patricia M.
"Law Not War: A Reflection on the Life and Work of Benjamin B. Ferencz, 1920-2023,"
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