The Nuremberg Interviews

The Nuremberg Interviews

An American Psychiatrist's Conversations with the Defendants and Witnesses

By Leon Goldensohn

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400030439, 490pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2005

During the Nuremberg trials, Dr. Leon Goldensohn a psychiatrist for the U.S. Army monitored the mental health of two dozen German leaders charged with carrying out genocide. These recorded conversations have gone largely unexamined for more than fifty years, until Robert Gellately one of the premier historians of Nazi Germany made them available to the public in this remarkable collection.Here are interviews with the likes of Hans Frank, Hermann Goering, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, and Joachim von Ribbentrop the highest ranking Nazi officials in the Nuremberg jails. Here too are interviews with lesser-known officials essential to the inner workings of the Third Reich. Candid and often shockingly truthful, "The Nuremberg Interviews" is a profound addition to our understanding of the Nazi mind and mission.

About the Author
Dr. Leon Goldensohn was an American physician and psychiatrist who joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and was posted to France and Germany. He died in 1961.
Robert Gellately is the Earl Ray Beck Professor of History at Florida State University and the author of "The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy, 1933_1945" and "Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany," He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Praise For The Nuremberg Interviews

“A gripping work of history, a series of oral narratives that drag the reader, almost by force, into the nightmarish mental landscape of the Third Reich.” –The New York Times

“A rare documentÉstriking proof of the banality of evil.”–Kirkus

“Goldensohn serves as a down-to-earth Dante in these anterooms to hell, getting one damned soul after another to reveal himself in his own words." –Newsweek