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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique insight but with minor limitations, 7 Sep 2006
This book contains unique information collected through interviews with the Nuremberg trial defendants and some of the witnesses by the prison psychiatrist. A good general introduction to the history of the trials is given and then each individual is covered in a separate chapter.

Unfortunately, the list of defendants covered is not complete - no Seyss-Inquart or Raeder - and these omissions are not explained, nor is the single page devoted to Speer. One possible explanation for this might be due to missing notes, as the book was compiled by a historian years after the trials had finished (?). Each set of interviews also contained too much information about the subject's childhood and family which does not interest me.

The author makes clear that much of the material needs to be read with caution, given that those imparting the information were potentially facing the gallows, i.e. not objective. However, they are still their own words, assuming accurate transcription, and this consideration does not apply to the same degree with the witnesses.

I found the witness section the most interesting because of the high profile interviewees included and the more candid nature of the testimony. As alluded to above, this was partly due to the fact that they were facing no or lesser charges or, alternatively, were certain to hang whatever (e.g. Hoess). This didn't stop one or two of the SS lying through their teeth, however. The final chapter covering Hitler's interpreter and his opinions on foreign affairs makes excellent reading. Others include: Pohl, Schellenberg, Kesselring, Sepp Dietrich, von Manstein of a total of 14.

Writing this review has focused my attention on how much I liked this, despite some minor grumbles - highly recommended for those interested in the trials or the Nazi regime.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling in its banality - a surprising primary source, 4 Jan 2008
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Nancy Williams "tigertwo" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The most frightening thing about these interviews is that they expose how utterly banal the major players in Nazi Germany during World War II actually were. This series of interviews, conducted with defendants and witnesses during the Nuremberg Trials and recorded faithfully by Leon Goldensohn, make for compelling reading. But the difficulty is - you don't know quite why you so want to continue. Perhaps you are looking for a hint of the larger-than-life monster in each character? Perhaps you are hoping for remorse, acceptance of responsibility, truth? But you don't find it in these words. What you find is a picture of fear, inhumanity in many cases, weakness, bombast and a birds-eye view tainted by some very different personalities.

A valuable first hand account for any students of Twentieth Century History.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, 30 May 2009
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As a young person who cannot get to grips with what happened during the Holocaust, i felt that reading this book would help me to understand how normal men could commit such unspeakable evil.

I started the book expecting to come across the individual testimonies of monsters and devils but as i got through the book it became clear that this wasnt the case.

The most frightening thing is most of the the defendants are shockingly normal. Its easy to look at the old newsreels of them sitting in the dock at Nuremberg and judge all of them as evil, but this book reveals that some of them were more evil than others.

This book shows us that the political hierarchy of Nazi germany was not only made up of evil fanatics i.e Hans Frank, Alfred Rosenberg, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Julius Streicher and Hermann Goering, but was also made up of weak insecure characters who found themselves in so deep that they went along with whatever Hitler wanted. In this category i would place Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, Walther Funk and Hjalmar Schact. However they all deny any knowledge of atrocities and are quick to stress they were only following orders.

Most shocking is the complete lack of remorse from many of the defendants for the 11 million innocent people which died at their hands. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the Holocaust and Nazi Germany in general. Id also suggest reading Gustave Gilberts Nuremberg Diary as he was the other US psychiatrist working alongside Leon Goldensohn. He seems to make more of his own observations on the defendants characters where as Goldensohn only touches on this a little.

Im also reading Vivien Spitz book on the Nazi Doctors Trial and i can tell you now, if you think the major war criminals were evil they had absolutley NOTHING on the Nazi Doctors.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Interesting, 25 Nov 2011
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Paul Morris "Unclemo" (Ventnor ,England) - See all my reviews
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I was intrigued with the fact that these interviews existed at all and reading them was fascinating.
To think that they were almost lost is incredible.
A very absorbing read.
I just wish the interviews had been filmed so we could look them in the eyes when they gave their excuses.
Isn't it funny that it is always someone else's fault!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 July 2014
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Excellent.
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