Family Affairs: East West Street and The Ratline
Hosted By: The Center for Jewish History
In the fifth and final program in the series, Philippe Sands, distinguished international lawyer and professor of law and author of East West Street and The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive, will discuss with Natalia Aleksiun the family links that launched his quests in both books, and how personal, professional, and family interests intersected in his research and writing. Weaving together family, legal, social, and political history, Sands offers two complementary yet diverging perspectives, of Jewish intellectual crossroads in Lwow and the Nazi officeholders who came to destroy Jewish Lwow. The underlying motive of the legal conceptualization of genocide and crimes against humanity follow the discussion of the legal traditions forged in Lwow. The more surprising search for the fate of the Nazi governor of Lwow, his family, and the changing realities of the postwar years offers an unusual angle for a familial quest.
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