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School of History

Dr Daniel Lee


Senior Lecturer in Modern French History



I am a historian of the Second World War and a specialist in the history of Jews in France and North Africa during the Holocaust. My first book, Pétain’s Jewish Children: French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime, 1940–42 (OUP, 2014) explored the coexistence between young French Jews and the Vichy regime. My second book, The SS Officer's Armchair (Jonathan Cape, 2020), examines the life of a low-ranking SS officer from Stuttgart whose personal documents were recently discovered sewn into the cushion of an armchair. I am concurrently working on a history of the Jews of Tunisia during the Second World War, and am also the Principal Investigator on a British Academy GCRF Sustainable Development Programme project entitled, “Traces of Jewish Memory in Contemporary Tunisia”.

I was an undergraduate at Sussex in History and French and completed an M.St and a DPhil in History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. After completing my doctorate, I held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brasenose College, Oxford. I have held fellowships at the European University Institute (Max Weber Fellow), Yad Vashem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Before moving to Queen Mary in September 2019 I was a Vice Chancellor's Fellow in History at the University of Sheffield.

As a 2015 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker, I contribute often to radio.




Research Interests:

The history of Jews in France and the French Empire, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, the history of Jewish prostitution and sex work, 1880–1940.



Pétain's Jewish Children: French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime, 1940–42 (Oxford University Press, 2014)

The SS Officer’s Armchair (Jonathan Cape, 2020) - translated into: French (Liava Levi), German (DTV), Hebrew (Modan), Italian (Nottetempo), Dutch (Uniboek), Japanese (Misuzu Shobo)  and Czech (Albatros).



'The Chantiers de la Jeunesse, General de la Porte du Theil and the Myth of the Rescue of Jews in Vichy France', French Historical Studies, Volume 38, Number 1, February 2015, 139–170


‘The Commissariat Général aux Questions Juives in Tunisia and the Implementation of Vichy’s Anti-Jewish Legislation’ in Sarah Stein and Aomar Boum (eds) The Holocaust and North Africa (Stanford University Press, 2018), pp. 132–148

‘Tunis’ in J–M. Chaumont, P. Servais and M. Rodriguez Garcia, Reports on Prostitution and Trafficking Produced by the League of Nations (Geneva, 2016)


I welcome enquiries from prospective students who are interested in topics related to my research and beyond, in particular the history of Jews in France and the French Empire, the Holocaust, immigrants and ethnic minorities in France.

I am currently supervising:
Jane Metter