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The S.S. Officer's Armchair

The S.S. Officer's Armchair

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Item #: D14194
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When an upholsterer in Amsterdam found swastika-covered documents inside the cushion of an armchair he was repairing, Daniel Lee wanted to know the full story. After a stupendous amount of detective work, Lee traced the chair to Robert Griesinger, a lawyer from Stuttgart, who joined the S.S. and worked in Nazi-occupied Prague during the war. While tracing Griesinger's American back-story—his ... More
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When an upholsterer in Amsterdam found swastika-covered documents inside the cushion of an armchair he was repairing, Daniel Lee wanted to know the full story. After a stupendous amount of detective work, Lee traced the chair to Robert Griesinger, a lawyer from Stuttgart, who joined the S.S. and worked in Nazi-occupied Prague during the war. While tracing Griesinger's American back-story—his father was born in New Orleans and the family had ties to the plantations and music halls of 19th century Louisiana—Lee stumbles on an unforeseen connection between Griesinger and the murder of his own relatives in the Holocaust, and he must grapple with potent questions about blame and responsibility.


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