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  • The Ticket Collector from Belarus

  • An Extraordinary True Story of Britain's Only War Crimes Trial
  • By: Mike Anderson, Neil Hanson
  • Narrated by: Luke Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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By: Mike Anderson, Neil Hanson
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Summary

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, more than 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.

©2022 Mike Anderson and Neil Hanson (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic reviews

"Brilliantly gripping." (Sunday Times)

"Compelling." (Daily Mail)

"Heart-rending." (Sunday Telegraph)

"Excellent." (The Times)

"Engrossing." (Independent)

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Interesting Listening

A very interesting story. Well narrated. Sawoniuk comes across as thoroughly unpleasant, but the trial should have been stopped midway and started again with a different jury

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Legal thriller - but a different one

It's about very unusual legal case, which happend many years ago and concerned the crime from 1942 but this book is much more than another legal thriller, even if most of it describes the action in the courtroom and quotes the statements of the trial participants. It's about Holocaust and the justice that was served more than fifty years after the crime. Not always easy to listen but it is good and very important book.

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Fascinating, terrible, unforgettable

What an incredible, true, story! So well narrated, an already well written book, was bought to life. Such a sad, yet powerful and insightful story. I can highly recommend it.

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Very interesting listen

The first half of the book was very interesting although hard to listen to. I think it’s good that this book started by telling the stories of the victims and the various daily violence and struggles faced by the victims of the holocaust. The second half of the book was lots of court transcripts which was interesting but definitely changed the pace of the book.

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So moving.

An incredible story, horrifically graphic and detailed but absolutely necessarily so in order to tell the story. There can be few more extreme instances of the depravity to which man frequently descends in his aggression towards his fellow man. The book could be subtitled ‘A graphic example of man’s inhumanity to man.’

Having said that, the book is also a shining story of one man’s courage & determination firstly to survive, then to help others similarly tortured & assaulted through to gritty determination to see the principal source of their suffering brought to justice, albeit 50yrs late.

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Compelling story brilliantly produced

I am 60 yo and therefore from a time after the horrors of WW2 but still in a period of those with the experience and living knowledge of the nazi extremes . I was not sure about this book as I sometime feel weary about hearing of these events again. However I am glad to have listened to this , sometimes it is required to be reminded how evil can easily arise and thrive when good people don’t stand up strong against it.

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Fascinating

This book was so well put together. It was so beautifully read, you felt you were in court.

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More than it seems

A brilliant piece of research and writing. Not only do you understand the hell that the witnesses lived through, but also you get a real insiders’ view of the UK’s archaic legal system and the toffs that preside over it. Throw in some fascinating political and journalistic observations and you have a truly exceptional book. However, if none of the above interests you, this is not for you.

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Superb book, well narrated.

Great story, great listen, full of interesting details and also superbly narrated.
Very Highly recommended.

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Extraordinary Story

So painful to listen to memories of those who survived. Incredulity over the crimes that one single foul human can commit.
And finally, shame that we did not hunt down more of these distortions of humanity. Also a reminder that war and conflict can allow them to blossom.
This is dispassionately read which makes it all the more horrifying.

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