Photo: Philippe Sands and Mark Raphael Baker

Due to circumstances (it that shall not be named), Philippe Sands was unable to be with us in person — but we are delighted to bring him to MJBW audiences through the miracle of modern technology. Join us for this special free live-streaming event.

Philippe Sands in conversation with Mark Raphael Baker

Philippe Sands, eminent international barrister and award-winning author of East West Street will be discussing his new book, The Ratline, with Mark Raphael Baker.

Wednesday 13th May 
7.30pm AEST

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Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily lives of Otto Von Wachter, a senior Nazi official and his wife Charlotte. Sands unveils a fascinating insight into this fugitive’s life before and during the war, on the run and then sheltered by dark forces working within the Vatican. What happened to Otto von Wachter? Philippe Sands has a personal need to find out. Eventually the door is unlocked to the mystery that haunts Wachter's youngest son who continues to believe his father was a good man.

Already a best seller in the UK one week after its release, The Ratline reads like a John le Carre thriller.

This free event is essential viewing for anyone concerned with the question of the nature of good and evil and justice.


The event will take place over the Zoom videoconferencing platform. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Once registered to watch this discussion, you'll be eligible to win one of two copies of The Ratline Hachette Australia has generously offered to MJBW as a give away. Only the winners will be notified.
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, Guantanamo and the Rohingya of Myanmar. He is the author of Lawless World (2005), Torture Team (2008) and the Sunday Times best-selling East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (2016), which won the Baillie Gifford Prize and was named Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.
Mark Raphael Baker is the author of two memoirs: Thirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love about grief, marriage and death, and The Fiftieth Gate: A Journey Through Memory, a best-selling and critically acclaimed publication of his parents’ experience during the Holocaust which won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 1997. Mark was formerly Associate Professor and Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University, Melbourne. He is currently writing a novel.
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