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The Rat Lines

Philippe Sands, Hugh Levinson, Eli Rosenbaum

Chair: None

03/03/2019 3:30 pm
Kings Place, Hall 1

Ticket Price : £18.50

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International human rights lawyer Philippe Sands discusses his phenomenal BBC series, The Rat Lines, the story of the post-war Nazi escape route out of Europe. He focuses on the intriguing tale of Otto von Wächter, governor of Nazi occupied Krakow and Galicia, indicted for murder, but who escaped justice. Philippe is joined by Eli Rosenbaum, who leads the US government unit responsible for deporting Nazi war criminals, and Hugh Levinson, head of BBC Radio Current Affairs.

Sponsored by Joanna Millan, in memory of Jerry Gotel.

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Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands QC is professor of international law at University College London, and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. His book East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity won the Baillie Gifford Prize.


Hugh Levinson


Hugh Levinson is head of Radio Current Affairs at the BBC, overseeing programmes which air on Radio 4, the World Service and other networks. He edits the Reith Lectures and the Analysis strand on Radio 4. His projects have won Sony, Amnesty International, One World, Voice of the Viewer and Listener, Royal History Society and Broadcasting Press Guild awards.

Eli Rosenbaum

Eli Rosenbaum is the longest-serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi criminals and other perpetrators of human rights violations in world history. He is the Director of Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy at the United States Department of Justice.