On the origins of GENOCIDE and CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
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When he receives an invitation to deliver a lecture in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, international lawyer Philippe Sands begins a journey on the trail of his family's secret history. In doing so, he uncovers an astonishing series of coincidences that lead him halfway across the world, to the origins of international law at the Nuremberg trial. Interweaving the stories of the two Nuremberg prosecutors (Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin) who introduced the crimes or genocide and crimes against humanity to the Nuremberg statute, the Nazi governor responsible for the murder of thousands in and around Lviv (Hans Frank), and incredible acts of wartime bravery, East West Street is an unforgettable blend of memoir and historical detective story, and a powerful meditation on the way memory, crime and guilt leave scars across generations.
Philippe Sands is Professor of Law at UCL and a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He has been involved in many of the most important international cases of recent years, including Pinochet, Congo, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Guantanamo. His previous books include Lawless World and Torture Team. He is a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, Guardian, New York Review of Books and Vanity Fair, makes regular appearances on radio and television, and serves on the boards of English PEN and the Hay Festival.
Elisabeth Åsbrink is a writer and journalist, based in Stockholm and Copenhagen. She has been nominated for the August Prize three times and did win it for best non-fiction book 2011 for And in Wienerwald the trees are still standing. For the same book she was awarded the prestigious Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage in 2013.
Her latest book, 1947 Where now begins, has recieved the Swedish Royal Academys writers award (Det Letterstedska författarpriset 2017) and is being published in fourteen countries; including the U K, the U S, Australia, France, Italy and Germany. Elisabeth Åsbrink is the chairwoman of Swedish PEN.