Philippe Sands and Mark Mazower are the authors of recent books in which narratives of their families are interwoven with the history of war, revolution, and the Holocaust. The Sands book uncovers connections between his own ancestors’ city and that of the two leading figures in the development of the law against genocide and crimes against humanity – Raphael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht – and relates his family history to the Nuremberg trials. Mazower’s book explores his family’s links with Jewish socialist revolutionaries in the Russian empire and in exile. Please join us as they discuss these intersecting histories and reflect on the relationships between law, history, and memory.
Philippe Sands is an international lawyer and a professor of law at University College London. He is the author of East-West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity” (2016), as well as Lawless World and Torture Team. He has taught at New York University and been a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, the University of Melbourne, and the Université de Paris I (Sorbonne). In 2003 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel, and he frequently represents states and other parties before international courts and international tribunals.
Mark Mazower is the Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author of What You Did Not Tell: A Father’s Past and the Journey Home (2017), as well as Salonica, City of Ghosts (winner of the Duff Cooper Prize and the Runciman Award; Hitler’s Empire (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History; Dark Continent; and Governing the World (a Financial Times Best Politics Book).