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GESTAPO "INTERROGATION" CHAIR

Lot 0527
GESTAPO "INTERROGATION" CHAIR Wooden chair purportedly used by the Gestapo in the interrogation of individuals of "interest". The four-legged chair stands 32" tall, 28" wide, with a seat abnormally large for a European chair, 19 3/4" wide. Two armrests are present, each terminating with adjustable leather straps (replaced) which presumably were used to secure the prisoners arms to the chair. The straps are in turn screwed into the armrests with period brass screws and grommets, two per strap. When inverted, the seat bears two burned-in imprints, clearly made at the time of the chair's construction: "Geheime Staatspolizei Stapo-Stelle Dortmund" with an eagle and swastika above. One could speculate that the chair and seat were made this wide so as to remain stable in use. Typical wear and tear from age, otherwise good condition. The Gestapo officers and agents in Dortmund were particularly violent, especially in the persecution and murder of Jews in the city and surrounding area. Near war's end, they administered the rounding-up and execution of 300 prisoners in a local park.

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GESTAPO "INTERROGATION" CHAIR

Auction ended on Tue, Feb 18, 2014
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