This lively, well written book by historian Daniel Lee tells two intertwined stories. One is the life of a young lawyer, Robert Griesinger, a low ranking Nazi official, whose life history helps us to understand what the rise of Nazism would have felt like at an individual level. The second story is how the uncomfortable revelations felt to the family of Griesinger’s family. Third Reich bureaucrats became doubly invisible because they have been overlooked by historians, and also forgotten or deliberately suppressed in the memories of living relatives. This was the situation Daniel Lee found when he was contacted by someone who had found Nazi papers stuffed into an old armchair in Amsterdam. The story of his thorough scholarly research and encounters with the immediate family of the Nazi read like a gripping detective story.
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