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  • Beautiful and gripping, it unfolds like a detective story as an obscured past emerges into the light.

    Hadley Freeman, author of House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family
  • Memorable and chilling... As well as a brilliant researcher, Lee proves himself to be an insightful narrator - of both the life of a Nazi "desk murderer", and the continuing attempts of Griesinger's family to come to terms with the long shadow his role as an SS officer has cast over their lives.

    PD Smith, Guardian
  • An intriguing, honest and superbly documented portrait of what could be called an 'unremarkable' SS life... The strength of Lee's book is the way these facts of history are twinned with the perverted domesticity of everyday Nazism... The armchair stuffed with hidden swastikas is an apt symbol for that weird and disturbing double life.

    Bart van Es, Spectator
  • [An] absorbing work of historical detection... Lee's riveting book opens a window onto the life of an "ordinary" Nazi.

    Ian Thomson, Evening Standard
  • Understand this mediocre, provincial Nazi and you understand the terrible tragedy of 20th-century Germany... This is an admirable work of historical research, and is carefully and briskly written. Lee has been a pitbull of a researcher.

    David Aaronovitch, The Times

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