French Honors for an American Veteran of the ‘Monuments Men’

From The New York Times:

Another of the veterans honored by the French minister in his speech was Benjamin B. Ferencz, 96.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Mr. Ferencz served in an antiaircraft battalion in 1943, but was better known for his role after the war ended.

At age 27, Mr. Ferencz became the chief prosecutor for the United States in the Einsatzgruppen case of the Nuremberg trials. .

“Law, not war, is the solution to most of our problems,” said Mr. Ferencz, who lives in New Rochelle, N.Y.

He noted that while he believed Lafayette represented much of the early American ideals of liberty, he was not too pleased with the cannons on the Hermione because it reminded him too much of war.

“I would rather they have come with flowers and champagne,” Mr. Ferencz said with a laugh.

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