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Benjamin Ferencz was born in 1920 in a country that no longer exists. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and was awarded their medal of freedom in 2014 (the only previous recipient had been Nelson Mandela). He was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946, led efforts to return property to Holocaust survivors after the war, participated in reparations negotiations between Israel and West Germany, and he was essential in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He has four children by his wife Gertrude, who was his highschool sweetheart and who sadly passed away in 2019. He turned 100 in March 2020.


I don't know where to stop praising Benny and this amazing book. It must become required reading for every young person looking for a road map on how to live...[Ben] is the most inspirational and beautiful person I have had the privilege to read about - Heather Morris, author of 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz''Warm, wise and inspiring - a book for our times by one of the world's most remarkable human beings' - Philippe Sands, author of 'East West Street' and 'The Ratline'Ferencz is a true survivor and Mensch! He has wonderful humour, patience and gratitude. The book is a "must read" - Dr Edith Eger, author of 'The Choice' and 'The Gift'This is a life-affirming and beautiful book from a great human being. There are simple truths here to treasure - Bart van Es, author of 'The Cut Out Girl'I read this in one go and it felt like moments... Here is wisdom stripped to the necessary minimum - spare but nutritious. This is the good stuff. - Neil OliverA life-affirming, laugh out loud collection of memories and lessons from the wisdom of the ages. Essential reading. - Wendy Holden, author of 'Born Survivors'

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