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Anatomy of Malice : The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals by Joel E. Dimsdale

By Joel E. Dimsdale

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

When the ashes had settled after international battle II and the Allies convened a world battle crimes trial in Nuremberg, a psychiatrist, Douglas Kelley, and a psychologist, Gustave Gilbert, attempted to fathom the psychology of the Nazi leaders, utilizing vast psychiatric interviews, IQ assessments, and Rorschach inkblot assessments. by no means prior to or seeing that has there been this sort of certain examine of governmental leaders who orchestrated mass killings.

sooner than the warfare crimes trial started, it used to be self-evident to most folk 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 grew to become a subject matter for vituperative disputes. Gilbert idea that the battle criminals’ malice stemmed from wicked psychopathology. Kelley seen them as morally incorrect, usual 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 of psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience considering that Nuremberg, Joel E. Dimsdale appears 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 huge spectrum of pathology. Anatomy of Malice takes us on a fancy and troubling quest to make experience of the main severe evil.

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14 The Nazis considered transporting the Jews elsewhere, deporting them to some country far away—Madagascar, to be precise—but retreated from that plan because of the time it would take and the expense of the operation. They also worried that these “racially infected deportees” might not stay put in Madagascar. Finally, aspirations aside, Germany lacked sufficient navy and shipping resources to transport all of its undesirables. To transport victims to killing fields or to concentration camps would go more smoothly if the victims were already weakened or did not understand their fate.

However, we also have high-magnification views of the Nazi leaders—notes from the Nuremberg psychiatrists and psychologists about their extensive personal interviews and psychological testing of the war criminals. This book is organized in four sections that move forward and backward in time. Part I provides historical context, the run-up, so to speak, to Nuremberg and how the Nazi genocide came to haunt our ideas of the nature of malice. Part II details the Nuremberg events in the public eye of the courtroom as well as in the private darkness of the defendants’ prison cells.

Ultimately, his efforts to block suicide were doomed to failure. Andrus made the prisoners’ state of mind a chief concern. It was not that he liked them; indeed, he regarded them with considerable distaste. Rather, to his way of thinking, suicide was an act of insubordination—rule breaking—and he ran a tight ship. Suicide in these circumstances would also be a propaganda nightmare, suggesting a desperate response to barbaric treatment or else a successful act of defiance. In addition to these strategic concerns about suicide, Andrus was always a professional.

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