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Justice: Nuremberg and Beyond

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The Law Society of Upper Canada, Convocation Hall

130 Queen St. W.

Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N6

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On December 17, 1942, the leaders of the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union issued their first joint declaration officially noting the mass murder of European Jews and resolving to prosecute the perpetrators responsible. The immediate postwar Nuremberg Trials transformed the concept of international criminal justice for future war crimes and crimes against humanity. The trials serve as a pivotal moment that have shaped our global understanding of the Holocaust and justice. To date, the Federal Republic of Germany has held a total of 925 proceedings trying defendants of National Socialist era crimes. The German proceedings have been criticized, particularly those held in the 1960s and 1970s, for passing light sentences to ageing defendants as many perpetrators returned to their normal lives and professions in German society.

The program will begin with a special Neuberger–commissioned film featuring Ben Ferencz, the last living prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, where he tried 22 members of the Einsatszgruppen Nazi death squads. He was instrumental in the establishment of the International Criminal Court and remains a vocal advocate for peace. At age 97, Ferencz reflects on the legacy of these trials.

Panelists Professors Valerie Hébert and Rebecca Wittmann will respond to Ferencz’s reflections while highlighting key Nazi trials and the challenges prosecutors faced. Providing an historical overview of the period, Hébert and Wittmann explore the complexities of bringing war criminals to justice. Former war crimes prosecutor Eliott Behar will connect the ongoing quest for justice to contemporary cases of genocide.

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