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The Ratline - Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive (Paperback) Loot Price: R284
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The Ratline - Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive (Paperback): Philippe Sands

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

Philippe Sands

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The new book by the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize and author of the Sunday Times bestseller EAST WEST STREET - a historical detective story that sets out to uncover the truth behind what happened to leading Nazi Otto von Wachter

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?

General

Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2020
First published: 2019
Authors: Philippe Sands
Dimensions: 234 x 152 x 34mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 432
ISBN-13: 978-1-4746-0813-8
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political ideologies > Fascism & Nazism
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > International relations > Espionage & secret services
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > War & defence operations > Battles & campaigns
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > Second World War
Books > Humanities > History > European history > From 1900 > Second World War > The Holocaust
Books > History > European history > From 1900 > Second World War > The Holocaust
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > Second World War
LSN: 1-4746-0813-2
Barcode: 9781474608138

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