To mark the publication of the German language version of The Ratline,
which follows his prize-winning book East West Street
, Philippe Sands explores the ideas that underpin his new work, an account of the lives of Otto Wächter, an Austrian SS Gruppenführer indicted for mass murder, his wife Charlotte, from the moment they met Vienna in April 1929 to his unexpected death in Rome in 1949. The lecture is built around a set of deeply personal stories that explore the role of justice, the legacy of memory across generations, and the impulses that generate our search for truth.
Philippe Sands is professor of law at University College London and visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and a barrister at Matrix Chambers. He is the President of English PEN and a member of the Board of the Hay Festival of Arts and Literature, and has made BBC programmes that include My Nazi Legacy, a Storyville film, and The Ratline, a Radio 4 series and podcast.