In Photos: Ben Ferencz, ’43, Receives HLS Medal of Freedom

Ben Ferencz smiles wearing a medal.

The great Ben Ferencz, ’43, received Harvard Law School’s highest honor on Friday: the Medal of Freedom.

Humble, hilarious, and altogether inspiring, Ben became Chief Prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at the Nuremberg Tribunal at the age of 27—and has been a tireless advocate for peace ever since.

After his talk, titled “Law not War,” students surrounded Ben with requests to pose for pictures. He greeted one student this way: “Where you from? Want to help me save the world?”

Students smile and pose around Ben Ferencz.
A student wearing a yammakah bends down over Ben Ferencz.
Martha Minow claps for Ben Ferencz.
Ben Ferencz smiles with Mindy Roseman.
Individuals stand and applaud at the end of a talk.