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Philippe Sands - The Ratline (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Subtitled : Love, Lies & Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive.

Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of The Year 2020.

Sunday Times Bestseller.

As Governor of Galicia, SS Brigadesfuhrer Otto Freiherr von Wachter presided over an authority on whose territory hundreds of thousands of Jews and Poles were killed, including the family of the author's grandfather. By the time the war ended in May 1945, he was indicted for 'mass murder'.

Hunted by the Soviets, the Americans, the Poles and the British, as well as groups of Jews, Wachter went on the run. He spent three years hiding in the Austrian Alps before making his way to Rome and being taken in by a Vatican bishop. He remained there for three months. While preparing to travel to Argentina on the 'ratline' he died unexpectedly, in July 1949, a few days after having lunch with an 'old comrade' whom he suspected of having been recruited by the Americans.

In The Ratline Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a Nazi fugitive, the love between Wachter and his wife Charlotte, who continued to write regularly to each other while he was on the run, and a fascinating insight into life in Rome and among American and Soviet spies active at the start of the Cold War.

Using modern medical expertise, the door is unlocked to 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?

  • Format : Standard Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
  • Published : 2020 (W&N)
  • ISBN : 9781474624640
  • SKU : B002523
  • PPC : SP400gm
  • RRP : £9.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

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External Reviews

'Documenting the shadowy activities of an SS Brigadesfuhrer in the years leading up to his mysterious demise, the award-winning author of East West Street paints a complex picture of insidious evil and encroaching desperation.' - Waterstones.

‘For Philippe Sands, lawyer, academic and historical Nazi hunter, this stuff is gold dust. His untangling of the mysteries surrounding Otto von Wächter is masterfully done.’ - The Sunday Times.

'A gripping adventure, an astounding journey of discovery and a terrifying and timely portrait of evil in all its complexity, banality, self-justification and madness. A stunning achievement' - Stephen Fry.

'Hypnotic, shocking and unputdownable' - John le Carre.

The Author

Philippe Sands is Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He frequently appears before international courts, including the International Criminal Court and the World Court in The Hague, and has been involved in many of the most important cases of recent years, including Pinochet, Congo, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Guantanamo.