Philippe Sands - The Ratline: A Virtual Evening of Reading, Music & Conversation

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Philippe Sands - The Ratline: A Virtual Evening of Reading, Music & Conversation

  • Tue 27 Oct 2020
  • 6:30PM

We are delighted to announce that you can now rewatch the broadcast of the discussion of the book The Ratline, written by the British-French bestselling author Philippe Sands.

British writer and director Jim Ring is hosting the evening. The event is accompanied musically by Tomo Keller, established violinist and director of the London Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields as well as William Vann, acclaimed pianist, conductor & associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Part history, part memoir, part detective story. The Ratline, the author's latest work, is a story about love, intrigue and espionage under National Socialism.

The book tells about the notorious escape route of the Nazis, which led via the Vatican to Argentina. Philippe Sands searches for clues and examines the life story of the Austrian SS group leader Otto Wächter. The author offers a unique account of the daily life of a senior Nazi and fugitive, and his wife.

Drawing on a remarkable archive of family letters and diaries, he unveils a fascinating insight into life before and during the war, on the run, in Rome, and into the Cold War.


Philippe Sands is one of the UK’s most prominent human rights barristers, celebrated for his work in international human rights. He has been involved in many of the most important cases of recent years, including Pinochet, Congo, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Guantanamo, frequently appearing before international courts including the International Criminal Court and the World Court in The Hague. He is a Professor of Law at UCL, President of English PEN and a member of the Board of the Hay Festival. His last book, the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller East West Street (2016) won numerous prizes, including the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Prix Montaigne.