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A story of love, denial and a curious death. Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder.

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A story of love, denial and a curious death. Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder.

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4.8 out of 5
323 Ratings

323 Ratings

Reluctant compulsion ,

A perfect exposition on shades of gray

When we hear of Nazism, most of us expect a story in black-and-white, of good and evil. Our investigator does not disappoint in delivering the incontrovertible evidence which proves that what Otto did was knowingly and unabashedly evil. Yet that is just the beginning of this story.

Philippe digs far deeper than the surface-level morality that we were all taught to be fact, especially when we learn that it wasn’t just the scions of the Catholic church that propped up the ratlines (gray enough as that is) but also the CIA itself. So we witness as the United States shifts its uneasy alliance from the Soviets to the fascists in the blink of an eye. In choosing to not bring to justice these abominable criminals, we watch as one enemy gets whitewashed in the effort to focus on how black this new enemy is. In the end we see there is so much black to go around.

Brilliantly told, brilliantly scored, and brilliantly read by the endearing voice actors who remind us of the humanity inside even the most evil among us. Most strikingly of all, this podcast reminds us that no inquiring mind reserves the right to pretend that any side is above evil.

brainzmatter ,

One of the BEST

Terrific production of a fascinating story. I was riveted throughout. This is one of a few exemplary podcasts that define podcasting—more like radio drama. The best are usually British, just like TV.

Danielle.Morgan ,

So Good, I’m tempted to relisten

This podcast is fascinating, you go in thinking one way and leave a tad bit conflicted.

It’s well researched, written, told and produced.

I preferred the Season 2, but Season 1 is interesting as well. Looking forward to the next Season!

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