25th February 2016, 8:59am
International human rights lawyer to host Second World War documentary screening and Q and A

 
A screening of an award-winning documentary at the University of Lincoln, UK, will be attended by its writer, Professor Philippe Sands, QC, whose own family’s plight inspired the film on the horrors of the Second World War.

Professor Sands, an international human rights lawyer and writer will hold a question and answer session with audience members immediately after the showing of the film My Nazi Legacy. The free-to-attend event takes place at the University of Lincoln on Thursday 3rd March 2016.

The documentary is based on Professor Sands’ own research into the plight of his grandfather’s family at the hands of the Nazis.His research brought him into contact with two men whose own fathers had been part of the brutal regime.

The film, which was released last year and won the Yad Vashem Chairman's Award for Best Feature at the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2015, reveals how Professor Sands learned that the actions of the fathers of these two men had led directly to his own family’s fate during the Holocaust.

Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School at the University of Lincoln, said: “It is a huge pleasure and privilege to be able to show this important film and to discuss the issues with Professor Sands.”

Professor Sands, a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers who has appeared in many major international cases, is Professor of Law at University College London and an Honorary Graduate of the University of Lincoln.

The research behind the film My Nazi Legacy will feature in his latest book, East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, which will be published in May 2016 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

For more information or to book a place at the film screening and Q&A, visit: www.lincoln.ac.uk/events
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