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The Ratline (Part 1)

Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi Otto Wachter in a story of love, denial and a curious death.

Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi Otto Wachter in a story of love, denial and a curious death. In the company of Otto's son Horst, he discovers how Wachter, one of the first Austrians to join the Nazi party, led an assassination plot and later ascended its hierarchy to govern a vast swathe of occupied Central and Eastern Europe. He investigates the complex issues around Wachter's complicity in the Holocaust. And he hears unique first-hand evidence of how Wachter was able to evade capture and prosecution for war crimes, spending three years in the Austrian mountains. Philippe Sands is a barrister and prize-winning author. Many members of his family were murdered by the Nazis in the territories under Wachter's control.

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57 minutes

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Role Contributor
Producer Gemma Newby
Researcher James Everest
Researcher Lea Main-Klingst
Sound Neil Churchill
Actor Stephen Fry
Actor Laura Linney

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