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My Nazi Legacy + Q&A

16 April, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

While researching East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, international lawyer and writer Philippe Sands came to know two men whose fathers were high-ranking Nazi officials during World War Two ̶ Niklas Frank, whose father Hans Frank was governor-general of Nazi-occupied Poland, found guilty of war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials, and Horst von Wächter, whose father Otto von Wächter was governor of Krakow and Galicia. Both their fathers were responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews and Poles.

This powerful award-winning documentary, directed by Emmy-nominated David Evans, charts the tensions between Frank and von Wächter ‘s sons as they explore their very different relationships with their fathers and their crimes. In a series of remarkable conversations and encounters, all three men journey to western Ukraine, formerly Galicia, where most members of Sands’s Jewish family were murdered during the war. The result is a fascinating and personal meditation on family, morality and the truth.

After the screening, Philippe Sands will discuss the film with acclaimed novelist Adam Thirlwell.


Philippe Sands is Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He frequently appears before international courts and has been involved in many of the most important cases of recent years, including Pinochet, Congo, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Guantanamo. He is a contributor to the Financial Times, Guardian, New York Review of Books and Vanity Fair, makes regular appearances on radio and television, and serves on the boards of English PEN and the Hay Festival. East West Street (Alfred Knopf/Weidenfeld & Nicholson) is published on 24 May.

Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. He is the author of three novels – Politics, The Escape, and Lurid & Cute; a novella, Kapow!; and a project with international novels that includes an essay-book and a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney’s. He has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British novelists, and is the recipient of a Somerset Maugham Award and the EM Forster Award. He is the London editor of the Paris Review. His work has been translated into 30 languages.


16 April, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High Street
London, E8 2PB United Kingdom
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