What is the meaning of justice and evil? How do we deal with the sins of our parents? Philippe Sands and Stephen Fry return to the world of their critically acclaimed BBC series, The Ratline.
Philippe Sands’ BBC podcast The Ratline told a story of love, lies and justice in the aftermath of the Nazi empire, following the renowned QC as he investigated the life of Otto von Wachter – the Nazi governor who presided over the murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews and Poles, including Sands’ own family.
Now, on the eve of publication of the book of the series, and in conversation with The Ratline’s narrator Stephen Fry, he joins How To Academy to go deeper into this remarkable story.
Part history, part memoir, and part detective story, Sands will offer a unique account of the daily life of a Nazi fugitive – tracing Wachter’s movements from the Austrian Alps to the Vatican, and his attempts to flee from the Allies hunting him down. Using modern medical expertise, Sands’ will unlock a mystery that haunts Wachter’s youngest child, who believes his father was a good man – what was Wachter doing while in hiding, and what exactly caused his death?
Praise for Philippe Sands:
‘A monumental achievement: profoundly personal, told with love, anger and great precision’ – John Le Carré
‘Supremely gripping. Sands has produced something extraordinary . . . One of the most gripping and powerful books imaginable’ – Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
‘Important and engrossing . . . Sands’s writing has the intrigue, verve and material density of a first-rate thriller . . . an exceptional memoir’ – Lisa Appignanesi, Observer