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5.0 out of 5 stars Appallingly Bad but Not Mad, 11 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII (Kindle Edition)
The Nuremberg Court in 1945 contained probably the largest number of murderous misfits and outright criminals ever seen in a law court.From the end of the war strenuous efforts were made by German lawyers, doctors and other people to try to convince the world that those arraigned for trial were clinically mad.They did so in order to enable the German people to claim they had no involvement in the mass murder of Jews, the disabled, homosexuals and the mentally ill.The attempt failed then and it has singularly failed to this day despite repeated attempts to cleanse the German nation of one of the greatest crimes ever recorded.

In this excellent book the author tells how Douglas Kelley, a young US psychiatrist in the Military Intelligence Corps set out in 1945 to see if the Nazi gang were fit to stand trial.
After exhaustive tests of their personalities and mental state he concluded there was no evidence of psychiatric illness. They commited their heinous crimes fully aware of what they were doing. Only Hess was clearly mentally ill.

They were perfectly sane and responsible for their deeds. Indeed, the drug addict Goring firmly believed that one day the German people would be grateful for what had been done and erect a monument to him.

In 1995 a team of distinguished psychiatrists replicated Kelley's research and arrived at the same conclusions as he had done 50 years earlier.

This absorbing book demonstrates yet again that the perpetrators of sickening atrocities are entirely responsible for their actions, as indeed are those who willingly supported them.
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