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18. East West Street

East West Street is the gripping memoir by prominent British barrister Philippe Sands. It’s a history of atrocity combined with a relentless search for the truth, with Sands digging deep into both his own family history and the legal framework that eventually brought Nazi war criminals to justice.

Sands tells the story of two lawyers, Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, who were instrumental in introducing the terms ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ into the Nuremburg Trials. Interwoven is Sands’ own personal history as he traces the events surrounding his grandfather’s flight from the Polish city of Lviv. The book culminates with the trial of Hans Frank, the Governor of the region ultimately responsible for thousands of deaths.

Powerful stuff, but what did Kate’s book club make of it? Did it make for a good book club read?

We talk to an all-male book club on the value of friendship and shared conversations about books, and lightly delve into the mystery of what makes a book ‘manly’. And our recommendations come from brilliant independent bookshop The Book Hive.

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Watch the trailer for What Our Fathers Did: Our Nazi Legacy, in which Sands explores further the events he writes about in East West Street with to men who are intimately connected with that history.

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