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AT Williams, winner of the George Orwell Prize in 2013, talks about his new book A Passing Fury that tells the story of the British prosecution of the Nazis after 1945.
After the horror of the Second World War, the Nuremberg Tribunal became a symbol of the ‘free world’s’ choice of justice in the face of tyranny, aggression and atrocity. But it was only a fragment of retribution as, with their Allies, the British embarked on the largest programme of war crimes investigations and trials in history.
A Passing Fury moves from the scripted trial of Göring, Hess and von Ribbentrop, to the makeshift courtrooms where ‘minor’ war criminals (the psychotic SS officers, the brutal guards, the executioners) were prosecuted, telling the story of the extraordinary enterprise, the investigators, the lawyers and the perpetrators. Join the author as he explores the deeper truth of this controlled scheme of vengeance and asks the question: was justice done?
AT Williams won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing in 2013 for his book A Very British Killing: the Death of Baha Mousa. He lives in Warwickshire and teaches law and creative writing at the University of Warwick.
The book will be available to buy from the Waterstones' stall at this event.