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.