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By Joel E. Dimsdale

ISBN-10: 0300213220

ISBN-13: 9780300213225

In this gripping and haunting narrative, a well known psychiatrist sheds new gentle at the psychology of the battle criminals at Nuremberg

When the ashes had settled after international conflict II and the Allies convened a global conflict crimes trial in Nuremberg, a psychiatrist, Douglas Kelley, and a psychologist, Gustave Gilbert, attempted to fathom the psychology of the Nazi leaders, utilizing huge psychiatric interviews, IQ exams, and Rorschach inkblot checks. by no means prior to or considering that has there been this sort of special research of governmental leaders who orchestrated mass killings.

prior to the warfare crimes trial started, it was once self-evident to most folks that the Nazi leaders have been demonic maniacs. but if the interviews and mental checks have been accomplished, the reply was once now not so transparent. The findings have been so disconcerting that parts of the knowledge have been hidden away for many years and the study turned a subject matter for vituperative disputes. Gilbert notion that the battle criminals’ malice stemmed from wicked psychopathology. Kelley seen them as morally improper, traditional males who have been creatures in their surroundings. Who was once right?

Drawing on his many years of expertise as a psychiatrist and the dramatic advances inside psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience on account that Nuremberg, Joel E. Dimsdale seems anew on the findings and examines intimately 4 of the battle criminals, Robert Ley, Hermann Göring, Julius Streicher, and Rudolf Hess. utilizing more and more designated diagnostic instruments, he discovers a remarkably wide spectrum of pathology. Anatomy of Malice takes us on a posh and troubling quest to make experience of the main severe evil.

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WHEN WORLD WAR II ENDED, the Allies had multiple motives in dealing with the captured Nazi leaders. Their punishment was a crucial part of the de-Nazification of Germany. Secondarily, the Allies hoped that a war crimes trial might deter future leaders from committing war crimes and genocide. In addition to these goals, there was an overwhelming desire to understand what kind of people could have steered Germany on such a lethal course. Paradoxically, many of the Nazi leaders were well-educated individuals steeped in the Western intellectual tradition.

He needed doctors, adequate kitchen and sanitation facilities, and supplies, and he needed rules, clerks to type them up, and teleprinters for communication. Andrus was a very thorough man. Many of the high-ranking Nazis arrived at Ashcan with suicide on their mind. They had the examples of Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler, and some had already attempted suicide before arriving. Hans Frank had barely survived his attempt, slashing his wrist, arm, side, and throat, while Nazi foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop was so deeply depressed that the other prisoners worried about him.

Andrus was assigned as the commandant of Ashcan (fig. 5 By the time Warden Andrus arrived at Mondorf-les-Bains fifty years later, he had completed an illustrious military career in the cavalry in World War I. During that war he had developed a reputation for effective prison administration, imposing strict discipline on a previously chaotic military stockade in Georgia. At the end of World War I, he became a prison officer at the Presidio in Monterey, California. Following the war, he continued in the cavalry in a variety of postings.

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