Judge Thomas Buergenthal, an Auschwitz survivor who presided over the International Court of Justice in The Hague from 2000 to 2010, passed away on May 29 in Miami.
Age-wise, he was 89.
The general counsel and associate executive vice president of the World Jewish Congress, Menachem Z. Rosensaft, referred to Buergenthal as a member of “that unique group of young Holocaust survivors who dedicated their lives to combating the evils of bigotry and hatred to which they and their families had been so cruelly subjected.”
As one of “other giants like Elie Wiesel and Abe Foxman,” Buegenthal was praised by Rosensaft for being “fearless in standing up for the human rights of all victims of persecution, oppression, and crimes against humanity.”
At the George Washington University Law School, Buergenthal held the position of Lobingier Professor Emeritus of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence.
Buergenthal lived in Goettingen, Germany, where it was reported that he “tirelessly dedicated himself to reconciliation and for human rights his entire life.”