Philippe Sands, QC, an international law specialist, professor and author, went on a rare lockdown trip last week to attend a ceremony in Germany marking the 75th anniversary of the opening day of the Nuremberg trials.
The commemoration was held in the historic wood-panelled courtroom 600 of the Palace of Justice, where the trials of Nazi leaders, which established the principles of international justice, were heard. Sands was invited by the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to the event, which opened with an address from Ben Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg prosecutor, now aged 100.
Eighty members of Sands’s grandfather’s family perished in the Holocaust. Hans Frank, known as the Butcher of Poland, who was responsible for their killings, was convicted in one of the