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Philippe Sands

On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

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CANCELLED

Philippe Sands

On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Philippe Sands copyright John Reynolds ClickClickClick
CANCELLED

Unfortunately Philippe Sands has to attend a hearing in the US and is unable to be in Bristol for this event. We will be re-arrangingĀ for May 2017. Please sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates.

When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukrainian 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 an 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.

He guides us between past and present as several interconnected stories unfold in parallel. The first is the hidden story of two Nuremberg prosecutors who discover, only at the end of the trial, that the man they are prosecuting may be responsible for the murder of their entire families in Nazi-occupied Poland, in and around Lviv. The lives of these three men lead Sands to a more personal story, as he traces the events that overwhelmed his mother’s family in Lviv and Vienna during the Second World War, and led his grandfather to leave his wife and daughter behind as war came to Europe.

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