President Donald Trump committed “a crime against humanity” by separating migrant children from their families at the southern U.S. border, according to the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials.
Ben Ferencz, 99, made the remark last year during an interview with Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who was at the time the outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, according to the Independent.
Mr Ferencz had been just 27 when he served as the chief prosecutor at the Einsatzgruppen trial, during which 22 Nazi officials were found guilty of killing more than a million people.
The lawyer said it was “painful” when he heard about how the Trump administration had separated more than 2,000 children from their families after they had crossed the US-Mexico border.
Ferencz came to the U.S. from Romania, at the time a child accompanied by his parents.
“I knew the Statue of Liberty. I came under the Statue of Liberty as an immigrant,” Mr Ferencz said during the interview, which was posted on the UN website.
Referencing a line from the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the base of the statue – “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” – Mr Ferencz said “the lamp went out when [Trump] said no immigrants allowed unless they meet the rules that we laid down”.