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A Lucky Child

Judge Thomas Buergenthal
In conversation with Nick Goldberg, Op-Ed Page Editor, LA Times
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
01:14:05
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Episode Summary
Buergenthal, currently the American judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, arrived at Auschwitz at age ten, and was soon separated from his mother and then his father. In this inspiring memoir, he reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit.

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Judge Thomas Buergenthal arrived at Auschwitz at age ten, and was soon separated from his mother and then his father. By some remarkable strokes of luck, he managed to survive until he was liberated from Sachsenhausen in 1945, and almost two years after his liberation, he was miraculously reunited with his mother. Since then, Buergenthal has devoted his life to international and human rights law. He received law degrees from New York University Law School and Harvard Law School and is currently the American judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Co recipient of the 2008 Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize, he lives in The Hague, Netherlands.


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