The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive

Sun 27 Sep

Sunday, 27 September 2020

3.00pm - 4.00pm

In Conversation | Online Only

The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive

Join leading human rights barrister Philippe Sands and historian James Holland as they delve into a world of spies and intrigue.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Philippe Sands


When Nazi Germany surrendered in 1945, Governor of Galicia and leading SS Brigadesfuhrer, Otto von Wächter, was indicted for ‘mass murder’.

Wächter went on the run, spending three years hiding in the Austrian Alps before heading to Rome, where he was taken in by a Vatican bishop. While preparing to travel to Argentina on the ‘ratline’, he died unexpectedly a few days after having lunch with an ‘old comrade’.

Philippe Sands seeks to uncover the truth behind what happened to Otto von Wächter. He will present a fascinating account of the daily life of a Nazi fugitive, his relationship with his wife, and the activities of spies at the start of the Cold War.

Philippe Sands QC is one of the UK’s most prominent human rights barristers. He is widely celebrated for his work in international human rights and has been involved in many of the most important cases in recent years including Pinochet, Congo, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Guantanamo. He has frequently appeared before international courts including the International Criminal Court and the World Court in the Hague. In addition to The Ratline, Sands wrote the Sunday Times bestseller East West Street, for which he was awarded the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Prix Montaigne. He is a Professor of Law at UCL, President of English PEN and a member of the Board of the Hay Festival.

James Holland is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed historian, writer and broadcaster. Sicily ’43 is the latest in a line of bestselling histories including Burma ’44, Normandy ’44 and Dam Busters. James co-founded the Chalke Valley History Festival and, an online Second World War resource site. He presents the Chalke Valley History Hit podcast and We Have Ways of Making You Talk, a weekly podcast with Al Murray.

A copy of Philippe Sands’ book The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase via a link on the virtual event page on the day of the event.

Date & time

Sunday, 27 September 2020
3.00pm - 4.00pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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