The Ticket Collector from Belarus : An Extraordinary True Story of Britain's Only War Crimes Trial

The Ticket Collector from Belarus : An Extraordinary True Story of Britain's Only War Crimes Trial

Description

'Brilliantly gripping' Sunday Times; 'Compelling' Daily Mail; 'Heart-rending' Sunday Telegraph; 'Excellent' The Times; 'Engrossing' Independent

The UK's only war crimes trial took place in 1999 and had its origins in the horrors of the Holocaust, but only now in The Ticket Collector from Belarus can the full story be told.

The Ticket Collector from Belarus tells the remarkable story of two interwoven journeys. Ben-Zion Blustein and Andrei Sawoniuk were childhood friends in 1930s Domachevo, a holiday and health resort in what is now Belarus. During the events that followed the Nazi invasion in 1941, they became the bitterest of enemies. After the war, Ben-Zion made his way to Israel, and 'Andrusha the bastard' to England, where he found work as a British Rail ticket collector in London.

They next confronted each other in the Old Bailey, over half a century later, where one was the principal prosecution witness, and the other charged with a fraction of the number of murders he was alleged to have committed. There was no physical evidence, just one man's word against another, leaving the jury with a series of agonising dilemmas: Could any witness statement be trusted so long after the event? Was Andrusha a brutal killer, a hapless pawn or a scapegoat? And were his furious protests a sign of guilt or the justified anger of an innocent old man?

Mike Anderson was gripped by the story, and so began his quest to find the truth about this astonishing case and the people at its heart. As he discovered, it was even more remarkable than he could ever have imagined.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 1437093280
ISBN 13: 9781437093285

30 Oct 2008
George A MacKay

ISBN 10: 1437160204
ISBN 13: 9781437160208

26 Nov 2008
Samuel Beazley

ISBN 10: 1504645421
ISBN 13: 9781504645423

27 Oct 2015
Irin Carmon

ISBN 10: 1527104214
ISBN 13: 9781527104211

08 Nov 2019
Richard Brash

ISBN 10: 184792106X
ISBN 13: 9781847921062

24 Mar 2022
Caroline Elkins

ISBN 10: 147118837X
ISBN 13: 9781471188374

08 Feb 2022
Tony Robbins

ISBN 10: 0645309958
ISBN 13: 9780645309959

01 Mar 2022
Edita Mujkic

ISBN 10: 0141014083
ISBN 13: 9780141014081

02 Oct 2003
Art Spiegelman

ISBN 10: 0802148301
ISBN 13: 9780802148308

01 Oct 2020
Albert Woodfox

ISBN 10: 0143019236
ISBN 13: 9780143019237

02 Jul 2004
Trevor Bentley

ISBN 10: 1529372860
ISBN 13: 9781529372861

21 Jul 2022
Thomas Grant

ISBN 10: 1784871516
ISBN 13: 9781784871512

01 Nov 2018
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn