Entitled “Adventures of a Mathematician” (the Polish title is “Geniusze”; literally, “geniuses”) the new film is a German-Polish-British production written and directed by Berlin-based director Thor Klein.
Named Piłsudski’s tank it had its baptism of fire in street fighting in Lwów in 1918 when Poles were fighting to establish the new country’s eastern borders. To raise morale it was also decorated with an American flag to show that Poland was not alone in its struggle but backed by US President Woodrow Wilson.
The gripping 10-part series called the Ratline is told by respected international law barrister Phillipe Sands, whose own family were murdered by Hitler’s monsters. The way into Wächter’s life is through his son Horst, a man obsessively reluctant to admit his father’s guilt despite all the evidence. When his father writes in a letter: “Tomorrow I have to have 20 Poles shot,” Horst dismisses it as poor phrasing.