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Boswell - Philippe Sands

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Philippe Sands

Written with novelistic skill, East West Street, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction, has been universally acclaimed by The Sunday Times as ‘Supremely gripping’ and by John Le Carré as 'A monumental achievement told with love, anger and precision.'

When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukraninian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would take him halfway around the world in exploration of the origins of international law and the pursuit of his own secret family history, beginning and ending with the last day of the Nuremberg Trials.

Part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller, Philippe Sands will reveal in conversation with veteran reporter Allan Little, the hidden story of the two prosecutors of Hitler’s personal lawyer at Nuremberg, who may have been responsible for the murder of their entire families in and around Nazi-occupied Lviv. Their efforts led to the inclusion of the terms ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’ in the judgement at Nuremberg and their ideas still resonate today. In parallel he tells the extraordinary story of his mother’s family in Lviv and Vienna and asks why did his grandfather travel to Paris, from Vienna, without his wife and daughter? And who was the woman who travelled with his, then infant, mother through a war-torn Europe?

Concessions are available to students, registered disabled (plus one carer), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot card holders. Proof of entitlement will be required at the door for all events. Thank you.
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