Daniel Lee

The SS Officer’s Armchair

It began with an armchair. It began with the surprise discovery of a stash of personal documents covered in swastikas sewn into its cushion. The SS Officer’s Armchair is the story of what happened next, as historian Daniel Lee follows the trail of cold calls, documents, coincidences and family secrets to uncover the life of Dr Robert Griesinger. Who was he? What had his life been – and how had it ended? 

A historical detective story and a gripping account of one historian’s hunt for answers, this book is at once a unique addition to our understanding of Nazi Germany, and a chilling reminder of how such regimes are made not by monsters, but by ordinary people. 

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