ANATOMY OF MALICE: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals

ANATOMY OF MALICE: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals

JOEL DIMSDALE    Book Number: 86892    Product format: Paperback

A riveting narrative of the Nuremburg Trials, the Nazi criminals and the psychologists who analysed them. In a gripping and haunting narrative, a renowned psychiatrist sheds new light on the psychology of the war criminals at Nuremburg. When the ashes had settled after WWII, and the Allies convened an international war crimes trial, psychiatrist Douglas Kelley, and psychologist Gustave Gilbert tried to fathom the psychology of the Nazi leaders. Using extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests and Rorschach ink blot tests, never before or since has there been such a detailed study of governmental leaders who orchestrated mass killings. When the interviews and psychological tests were completed, the answer was no longer clear that these were demonic maniacs. The findings were so disconcerting that portions of the data were hidden away for decades and disputed. Gilbert thought that the war criminals' malice stemmed from depraved psychopathology; Kelley viewed them as morally flawed, ordinary men who were creatures of their environment. Who was right? We look anew at the findings in detail of four of the war criminals, Robert Ley, Hermann Goering, Julius Streicher, and Rudolf Hess. "Using increasingly precise diagnostic tools, he discovers a remarkably broad spectrum of pathology." We read that Robert Ley was an alcoholic who had a neurologically-induced stutter and who committed suicide before the trial. Goering was addicted to pills. Streicher talked himself into his death sentence. Hess flew to Scotland. 243pp in illustrated paperback.
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ISBN 9780300226935
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