By Joel E. Dimsdale
When the ashes had settled after international warfare II and the Allies convened a world conflict 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 exams. by no means prior to or given that has there been one of these targeted research 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 assessments have been accomplished, the reply was once not so transparent. The findings have been so disconcerting that parts of the knowledge have been hidden away for many years and the learn turned a subject matter for vituperative disputes. Gilbert idea that the warfare criminals’ malice stemmed from wicked psychopathology. Kelley seen them as morally unsuitable, traditional males who have been creatures in their surroundings. Who was once right?
Drawing on his a long time of expertise as a psychiatrist and the dramatic advances inside of psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience given 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 specific diagnostic instruments, he discovers a remarkably large 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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Extra info for Anatomy of Malice : The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals
Enormous scholarly efforts were dedicated to recognizing hidden racial characteristics. Once race was diagnosed, it was simply a matter of eugenics to design a better world: don’t let “them” breed or at least make sure they bred only with each other so that any racial stigmata would be obvious for all to see. In only a matter of time, so the prevailing belief went, the inferiors would be bred out and one would have a strong society. What is interesting about the eugenics argument is that the target group kept shifting from more easily distinguishable groups like blacks to other groups that were less easy to recognize: Jews, Roma, Slavs, Poles.
There is an art to writing and reading those notes because they are invariably telegraphic, but there is a hidden grammar and logic to them. When I read the medical and psychiatric notes from Nuremberg, I thus filter them through my own clinical experience and regard them as a conversation with colleagues from the past. What are they trying to tell me about the patient? What is being left unsaid? The Nuremberg doctors left cryptic and contradictory notes about their observations of the Nazi leaders.
Reprinted by permission of da capo, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Yale University Press books may be purchased in quantity for educational, business, or promotional use. uk (UK office). com Set in Scala type by Newgen North America. Printed in the United States of America. Library of Congress Control Number: 2016930154 ISBN 978-0-300-21322-5 (hardcover) A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. 48–1992 (Permanence of Paper). 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 CONTENTS Preface The Protagonists Introduction PART ONE: RUN-UP TO NUREMBERG 1.
Anatomy of Malice : The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals by Joel E. Dimsdale