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

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

By Sands, Philippe, QC

As Governor of Galicia, SS Brigadefuhrer 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, assisted by his wife Charlotte, before making his way to Rome where he was helped 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 spending a weekend with an 'old comrade'. In The Ratline Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a senior Nazi and fugitive, and of 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. Eventually the door is unlocked to a mystery that haunts Wachter's youngest son, who continues to believe his father was a good man - what happened to Otto Wachter, and how did he die?
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ISBN 9781474608145
Released NZ 29 Apr 2021
Publisher Orion Publishing
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781474608145
Stock Release date is 29 April 2021
Status Not currently available
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Released 29 Apr 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Sands, Philippe, QC
Category World History: Second World War
The Holocaust
Military History
Fascism & Nazism
Espionage & Secret Services
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 943.86054092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Nazis - History - 20th century - Galicia Poland and Ukraine, War criminals - History - 20th century - Galicia Poland and Ukraine, Fugitives from justice - History - 20th century - Galicia Poland and Ukraine
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly