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Daniel Lee The SS Officer's Armchair

When: April 11, 2021 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: FL
Organizer: Marcy Levitt
Contact: marcy levitt at mlevitt@alperjcc.org
Cost: No Charge
Summary: Based on documents discovered concealed within a simple chair for seventy years, this gripping investigation into the life of a single S.S. officer during World WarII encapsulates the tragic experience of a generation of Europeans
2021-04-11 14:00:00 2021-04-11 15:00:00 America/New_York Daniel Lee The SS Officer's Armchair Based on documents discovered concealed within a simple chair for seventy years, this gripping investigation into the life of a single S.S. officer during World WarII encapsulates the tragic experience of a generation of Europeans (http://jewishmiami.org/events/daniel_lee_the_ss_officers_armchair) Please refer to event page Marcy Levitt mlevitt@alperjcc.org

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One night at a dinner party in Florence, historian Daniel Lee was told about a remarkable discovery. An upholsterer in Amsterdam had found a bundle of swastika-covered documents inside the cushion of an armchair he was repairing. They belonged to Dr. Robert Griesinger, a lawyer from Stuttgart, who joined the S.S. and worked at the Reich's Ministry of Economics and Labor in Nazi-occupied Prague during the war. An expert in the history of the Holocaust, Lee was fascinated to know more about this man--and how his most precious documents ended up hidden inside a chair, hundreds of miles from Prague and Stuttgart.

In The S.S. Officer's Armchair, Lee weaves detection with biography to tell an astonishing narrative of ambition and intimacy in the Third Reich. He uncovers Griesinger's American back-story--his father was born in New Orleans and the family had ties to the plantations and music halls of nineteenth century Louisiana. As Lee follows the footsteps of a rank and file Nazi official seventy years later, and chronicles what became of him and his family at the war's end, Griesinger's role in Nazi crimes comes into focus. When Lee stumbles on an unforeseen connection between Griesinger and the murder of his own relatives in the Holocaust, he must grapple with potent questions about blame, manipulation, and responsibility.

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