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The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Military History, The Second World War
Hardback Published on: 16/04/2020
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The Ratline
The lover, the father and the mass murderer...
Philippe Sands follows the story of Otto Wächter. SS governor of Galicia who appeared in his award winning book “East West Street”. This is like a follow u... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
The Ratline
Best History Book 2020.
A rare masterpiece. This is a biography, a spy thriller, a detective work and above all a demonstration of unmatched commitment to scrupulous research and ... READ MORE
Henri at Gower St.

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 As Governor of Galicia, SS Brigadesfuhrer 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 before making his way to Rome and being taken in 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 having lunch with an 'old comrade' whom he suspected of having been recruited by the Americans. In The Ratline Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a Nazi fugitive, the love between Wachter and his wife Charlotte, who continued to write regularly to each other while he was on the run, and a fascinating insight into life in Rome and among American and Soviet spies active at the start of the Cold War. Using modern medical expertise, the door is unlocked to a mystery that haunts Wachter's youngest child, who believes his father was a good man - what was Wachter doing while in hiding, and what exactly caused his death?

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474608121
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 657g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 42 mm

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The Ratline
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I completely loved this book. There was a similarity with East West Street but this was more of a thrilling tale to read. I can't recommend it highly enou... READ MORE
Jamie Campbell
The Ratline
Unputdownable!
This is an amazing piece of investigative writing. This story of the hunt for a high-ranking Nazi, on the run after World War II, is thoroughly gripping r... READ MORE
Philip Kerr