Dr Michael Kennedy, Royal Irish Academy, will deliver a free talk on ‘The Real Ratlines - fugitive war criminals and Ireland 1945-71’ in Thurles Library on Saturday, September 14 at 3pm as part of the Tipperary Reads Festival.
Cathal O’Shannon’s 2007 documentary ‘Ireland’s Nazis’ drew public attention to Nazi fugitives who escaped to or through Ireland after the Second World War. Dr Kennedy picks up O’Shannon’s theme and, using recently declassified papers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and from the CIA, digs deeper into this murky history of post-war fugitives fleeing justice.
Dr. Kennedy is Ireland’s leading authority on this period of history. The talk further explores the truth behind the novel ‘Ratlines’ by crime author Stuart Neville the chosen novel for this year’s festival. This lecture will bring the novel to life in a very real way.’
Tipp Reads Festival