Philippe Sands’ family were Ukrainian Jews and most perished when their hometown of Lviv fell under control of prominent Nazis, Hans Frank and Otto von Wächter. Whilst researching his book East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Sands’ met Niklas Frank and his long-time friend Horst von Wachter. As the children of prominent Nazis, the men share a complex and unique relationship which finds them intrinsically bound by history and at odds in their thoughts about their fathers. As the three men journey across present day Europe their individual histories and contemporary world views make for compelling if at times chilling viewing.
Philippe Sands QC is professor of international law at University College London, and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He has been involved in many leading international cases, including acting for Australia in the whaling case against Japan at the International Court of Justice. He is the author of Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008), has written several academic books on international law, and is a contributor to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Guardian. His new book, East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide, is part of a broader project that includes What our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy and a performance piece (A Song of Good and Evil).
Dr Frieze is a Genocide studies scholar, specializing in memory and aftermath studies. Donna is a Research Fellow and teaches the Holocaust at Deakin University and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Genocide and Human Rights. Dr Frieze has been invited to speak at Columbia University and to guest lecture at New York University. She was the 2013 and 2014 Prins Senior Scholar at the Centre for Jewish History in NYC. In September 2015, Donna was appointed by the Australian Government to the Academia Working Group of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) for two years.
Presented in Association with Melbourne Writers Festival
What our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, David Evans’ award-winning film explores the personal and enduring legacy of the holocaust through a series of conversations between Philippe Sands QC and the sons of two prominent officials in Nazi Germany.
Following the screening, join Melbourne Writers Festival guest, Philippe Sands QC in conversation with Deakin University scholar, Dr Donna-Lee Frieze for an illuminating discussion about the themes raised in the film and his work as a human rights lawyer and author.