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Rights! Camera! Action! Presents “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz”

This documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. Prosecuting Evil also poses some tough and incisive questions. Most pointedly: What does the film say about our time?

A panel discussion with Profs. Eric L. Muller and James Chappel with follow the screening.

Muller is the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor at UNC School of Law and a nationally known and much-published expert on the mass removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in World War II.  He is also Academic Director at the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, an educational non-profit that uses the complicity of German professionals in the crimes of the Third Reich as a lens through which to examine our own lives and ethical choices as professionals.  He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Leslie Branden-Muller, a child psychologist.

Chappel is the Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. His main interest is in the intellectual history of modern Europe, focusing on themes of religion, welfare, and the family. In addition to academic venues, he has been published in more popular ones like The Nation, Dissent, and The Washington Post. His first book appeared from Harvard University Press in 2018 under the title Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church. He is at work on a new project on the history of old age, tentatively entitled End of Life: The History and Future of Old Age for a Graying World.



January 22, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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