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UCL It's All Academic Festival 2019: The Ratline, with Philippe Sands (10:0...

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Midnight, Rome, April 1949. Otto Wächter, a senior Nazi on the run, indicted for mass murder, arrives at the city’s Central Station. He hopes to make a new life, with support from the Vatican, to make his way to Syria, or Argentina on the ex-Nazi escape route known as the ratline. Three months later he is dead, in mysterious circumstances. In his critically acclaimed BBC podcast, “Intrigue: The Ratline”, lawyer, broadcaster and UCL Professor Philippe Sands draws on a remarkable trove of documents provided by Wächter’s son Horst – diaries, reminiscences and letters, including between Otto and his wife Charlotte. He traces Wächter’s final days in the Eternal City, alone and in agony. Part Nazi love story, part noir detective thriller, Philippe revisits the events that overwhelmed Wächter, a series of remarkable twists and turns, encounters with Cold War spies, American recruiters, prelates, Nazis and sympathisers. He discusses the podcast with the Hugh Levinson, the head of BBC Radio Current Affairs and the editor of The Ratline – along with questions of justice, impunity and the power of family loyalty.



Part of the UCL It's All Academic Festival, a free day packed full of talks, panel discussions, screenings, performances, workshops, interactive stands, exhibitions and tours. Join us to discover, discuss and be inspired by the exceptional breadth of research taking place at UCL.

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