In 1947, Benjamin Ferencz wrote legal history by prosecuting high-level Nazi ‘Einsatzgruppen’ officers who had been responsible for the murder of over one million Jews. The trial at Nuremberg was part of a first attempt to hold perpetrators of the most heinous atrocities to account in an international court. Over the course of Ferencz’s life (he is still alive at age 102), this international legal order has evolved significantly.
In this HKHTC-HKU webinar which took place on 25 April 2022, Prof Gregory Gordon (CUHK, Law) tracked Ferencz’s landmark contributions to international justice through his role at Nuremberg and his longstanding advocacy for the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In light of recent developments in Ukraine, questions about the need for international justice are more pressing than ever.
The annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration to remember the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust took place on Wednesday, 27th April 2022. The Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre presented a special Live Virtual Discussion with Rena Quint. Rena was liberated from Bergen Belsen in 1945, aged 9 years. Now living in Israel, she speaks movingly of unimaginable atrocities in the camps, the loss of her entire family and her own struggle for survival. Many participants from our community talked directly to Rena in the event.
As we are not able to gather at the JCC this year we invited participants to take part in a communal candle lighting where they lighted a candle at home while those online did so too. These lights in Hong Kong and from wherever people were participating in this virtual commemoration allowed us to connect with each other and to shine a commemorative light in the dark shadow of the Shoah.
This year’s Yom HaShoah Commemoration can be watched here to remember and pay tribute.