Mike Anderson is a senior employee of one of the world’s oldest private banks. He considers himself fortunate to have stumbled across this extraordinary true story and has been relentless in his pursuit of the tale of Britain’s only war crimes prosecution and the parallel lives of Ben-Zion Blustein and Andrei Sawoniuk.
Ben-Zion Blustein and Andrei Sawoniuk were childhood friends in 1930s Domachevo, in what is now Belarus, but became the bitterest of enemies following the Nazi invasion in 1941. 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 a principal prosecution witness, and the other charged with a fraction of the number of murders he was alleged to have committed. Mike Anderson and Neil Hanson will describe the thrilling quest to find the truth about this astonishing case and the people at its heart.