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Nuremberg Diary [Paperback]

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Book Description

1 Aug 1995
In August 1945 Great Britain, France, the USSR, and the United States established a tribunal at Nuremberg to try military and civilian leaders of the Nazi regime. G. M. Gilbert, the prison psychologist, had an unrivaled firsthand opportunity to watch and question the Nazi war criminals. With scientific dispassion he encouraged Goering, Speer, Hess, Ribbentrop, Frank, Jodl, Keitel, Streicher, and the others to reveal their innermost thoughts. In the process Gilbert exposed what motivated them to create the distorted Aryan utopia and the nightmarish worlds of Auschwitz, Dachau, and Buchenwald. Here are their day-to-day reactions to the trial proceedings; their off-the-record opinions of Hitler, the Third Reich, and each other; their views on slave labor, death camps, and the Jews; their testimony, feuds, and desperate maneuverings to dissociate themselves from the Third Reich's defeat and Nazi guilt. Dr. Gilbert's thorough knowledge of German, deliberately informal approach, and complete freedom of access at all times to the defendants give his spellbinding, chilling study an intimacy and insight that remains unequaled.

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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: DaCapo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (1 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306806614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306806612
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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G. M. Gilbert was the prison psychologist before and during the Nuremberg trial and is the author of The Psychology of Dictatorship.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, in its own kind. I wouldn't miss it. 15 Feb 2001
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I would recommend this book as it views the trial and above all the defendants from a perspective which no other book can possibly offer. I think it important for future reader that they are aware that this is hardly a complete account of the trial itself. Other books (The Nuremberg Trial, by Ann and John Tusa for example) achieve this well enough. This book brings you into the cells and lets you hear what the defendants thought about the whole situation, until you become familiar with their different personalities. I would recommend reading some other book before this, to gain better knowledge of the trial, but definitely I would not miss this one. It'd be like reading a book first, and then having a chance to meet the actors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unmissible 19 Jan 2008
This book is an absolute must for those interested in the subject material.

Gus Gilbert, had free access to all of the defendents during the entire Nuremberg trials. This book is a record of the defendents thoughts and a diary of conversations and observations. It is facinating. You feel that you know most of the prisoners as individuals by the end of the book. Also very interesting, is the continued power struggle between the defendents, even in captivity.

This account, gives the reader, a real feel of the trial that doesn't always exist in other accounts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but should have been better. 3 Feb 2005
I agree with the New York based reviewer below. The introduction of the psychologist's own opinions into conversations with the defendants and into descriptions of events in the text does spoil this book somewhat. The omission of coverage of a number of the defence cases 'for brevity' is very annoying.

Another quibble is that the account presented is strongly biased towards coverage of conversations with Goering, Schact, Von Shirach, Ribbentrop, Frank and Speer - whether this is because the others (e.g. Frick, Funk, Kaltenbrunner) refused contact with Gilbert, coverage was simply omitted or if they were not approached at all is not made at all clear. Finally, I would also agree with the sentiment expressing a desire for more (some!!) coverage of the scientific psychological examination of the defendants.

This is, however, a very engaging account of the trial and the personalities of some of its protagonists, which is, by definition, unique. Those seeking a thorough description of the history of the trial, the legal issues, geopolitical wrangling and the prosecution characters will be better served with the excellent 'The Nuremberg Trials' by Ann and John Tusa. That said, this book really should not be overlooked, as it is an excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nuremberg Diary. 19 Feb 2014
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This book is an excellent record of the famous trials of the major war criminals still living after the 2nd World War. I have studied several books on the subject and found this most detailed and atmospheric.I shall certainly keep it for future reference.I recommend it to others reading about these events.
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