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Intrigue: The Ratline

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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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In a bonus episode of Intrigue: The Ratline, Stephen Fry interviews Philippe Sands in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. They discuss a range of issues brought up by the series including historical responsibility and the nature of evil. Plus as a special extra, there is a full version of The Ratline theme music by Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita.
Episode 10 - Persilschein

Episode 10 - Persilschein

2018-10-0800:31:148

Philippe and the team work out the identity of the mysterious man Otto lunched with on Lake Albano, and discover he too is connected with the Nazi Bishop. They take a trip to the lake to meet the Priest who buried the man and he reveals an unbelievable family secret.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations.In this episode, Dame Sue Black is incorrectly described as a forensic pathologist. She is a forensic anthropologist.Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Episode 9 - The Lucids

Episode 9 - The Lucids

2018-10-0800:29:527

Philippe travels to Albuquerque to meet Tom Lucid Jnr, the son of the CIA agent who recruited Karl Hass, chief source on Project Los Angeles and the man Otto had lunch with on Lake Albano. How much does he know about his father's role in recruiting Nazis and a close relative in Geneva?A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Episode 8 - Nest of Spies

Episode 8 - Nest of Spies

2018-10-0100:31:479

Philippe and the team work out the identity of the mysterious man Otto lunched with on Lake Albano, and discover he too is connected with the Nazi Bishop. They take a trip to the lake to meet the Priest who buried the man and he reveals an unbelievable family secret.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma Newby Sound Design: Neil Churchill
Episode 7 - The Nazi Bishop

Episode 7 - The Nazi Bishop

2018-10-0100:26:229

Philippe accesses the Vatican archives to find out about Otto's protector in Rome, the man who was by his side as he lay dying, Alois Hudal. Hudal's archivist reveals something extraordinary.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations. Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Otto contracts a strange illness and Charlotte rushes to Rome to be by his side. Philippe talks to an old friend who was working for British intelligence in 1949 and explores who might have been after Otto and why.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations.Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Midnight. Rome. 1949. Otto arrives in the eternal city, penniless, homeless, searching for a way out to Argentina. He's also unwittingly found himself in the middle of a battle between East and West. He finds employment and makes a trip out of the city to the countryside.The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father. Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Episode 4 - Where's Otto?

Episode 4 - Where's Otto?

2018-09-2100:25:499

The war is over and Otto has disappeared. Whilst his friends are committing suicide or being tried for mass murder Otto has escaped high into the mountains with the help of a young SS soldier. Meanwhile Charlotte is working on getting him out of Austria.A story of life, love and a curious death told by writer and barrister, Philippe Sands. A cold war mystery that reveals shadowy forces at work and consequences that stretch across generations.Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Whilst Charlotte Wachter and her children spend the summer in Zell am See, Otto is in Lemberg overseeing the 'Grosse Aktion' - the mass deportation of Jews to concentration camps.The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father. Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
Episode 2 - Meet The Wachters

Episode 2 - Meet The Wachters

2018-09-1800:26:2016

In episode two of the Ratline we meet the Wachters, Otto and Charlotte and chart their ascent to power. Otto's job takes the family to Krakow and on to Galicia, where he makes some dubious decisions, and Horst continues to maintain his father's innocence. The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father. Producer: Gemma NewbySound Design: Neil Churchill
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kristinavd

I love Carrie gracie!! she's amazing in the first story!

May 20th
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Meena Subbiah

kristinavd I'll check it out

May 20th
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robbieair

brilliant and tragic story that deserves to be told. Really well put together.

Jan 8th
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Ashley Brooks

excellent

Jan 3rd
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Kate Gibson

She's a journalist

Dec 14th
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Aryk Shelton

absolutely love this series!! just binge-listened to the Holiday Hotel exposé and thought it was brilliant. a window look into another culture and it's politics and the way events transpired, loved the whole story! Well Done!

Dec 12th
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Aryk Shelton

I've just binge-listened to the Holiday Hotel and been absolutely intrigued with the mystery and the way the details unfolded, just loved it! I genuinely hope this series becomes a regular release! Well worth the listen!!!

Dec 12th
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Anthony H.

Narrator sounds fine to me. Has British accent. Possibly that's why y'all don't care for accent.

Dec 10th
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Peter Smith

Peter Smith Excellent story. Brilliantly narrated showing the horrors and the sorrows of both generations. Thank You BBC

Nov 22nd
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Simon Brock

I really enjoyed this engaging podcast. Thank you Carrie for such an exciting exposé of one murky aspect of Chinese politics.

Nov 20th
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Jacynthe Roesch

Gripping true stories well narrated. I'm thrilled! can't wait for more Five stars! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Nov 20th
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Cristian Rivero

Excellent podcast. It reminds me of briefer, though not inferior version of Serial.

Nov 15th
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Adzim Shahabudin

what a fine podcast, well produced, well narrated, a joy

Nov 7th
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Evelyn Rose

narrator sounds awful

Nov 6th
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adrian eyles

Great podcast

Nov 4th
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Hannah Monaghan

The narrator is far far too over animated, and unfortunately sounds extremely annoying. it's a pity because I'm sure the story is good

Oct 31st
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Cristian Ciobanu

excellent podcast!

Oct 27th
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Chris Connolly

great podcast. snappy and exciting. loved binging on Murder at the Lucky Holiday Hotel! 👍

Oct 25th
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Louise Collins-Hall

Untold

Oct 20th
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Chad Sealine

great story...quickly found myself bingeing on episodes

Oct 18th
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Peter Smith

Excellent story. gripping to the end.

Oct 11th
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