The Nazi and the Psychiatrist

  • by Jack El-Hai
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by 16 suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases contained all manner of paraphernalia: medals, gems, two cigar cutters, silk underwear, a hot water bottle, and the equivalent of $100,000,000 in cash. Hidden in a coffee can, a set of brass vials housed glass capsules containing a clear liquid and a white precipitate: potassium cyanide. Joining Göring in the detention center were the elite of the captured Nazi regime - Grand Admiral Dönitz, armed forces commander Wilhelm Keitel and his deputy Alfred Jodl, the mentally unstable Robert Ley, the suicidal Hans Frank, the pornographic propagandist Julius Streicher - 52 senior Nazis in all, of whom the dominant figure was Göring.
To ensure that the villainous captives were fit for trial at Nuremberg, the US Army sent an ambitious army psychiatrist, Captain Douglas M. Kelley, to supervise their mental well-being during their detention. Kelley realized he was being offered the professional opportunity of a lifetime: to discover a distinguishing trait among these arch-criminals that would mark them as psychologically different from the rest of humanity. So began a remarkable relationship between Kelley and his captors, told here for the first time with unique access to Kelley’s long-hidden papers and medical records.
Kelley’s was a hazardous quest, dangerous because against all his expectations he began to appreciate and understand some of the Nazi captives, none more so than the former Reichsmarshall, Hermann Göring. Evil had its charms.

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Amazing story, should be compulsive reading in all high schools. Do yourself a favor download this one and listen carefully. We must never allow this history to repeat.

I had just finished listening to Ian Kershaw’s The End: Hitler's Germany, 1944-45 which documented how the Germans continued to do evil even when the end was near. This book takes that question one step further and attempts to answer the 'why'.

I can highly recommend this book! I suggest you also listen to it at the same time as Ian Kershaw’s work (mentioned above)

There has also been some comment regarding the narration on this title. Please don’t let that turn you off. I found the narration good. A couple of times it sounded like German names were edited in later. But it was nothing to drastic. It can easily be listened to at 1.25x speed without any problems.

I couldn’t put this one down and listened to it one day!
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- The Zombie Specialist

I Don't Understand The Complaints...

leveled at this brilliant narrative concerning unnecessary length and lack of structure. As to the first, I wanted more, not less! I found the book remarkably compelling. As to the second, a stirring and intriguing story should not read like a sixth grade history book, but rather something like a novel. El-Hai accomplishes this wonderfully well here, weaving in and out of plot-lines, developing characters richly and fully along the way. This historical narrative is not nearly so much about Goering--or Kelley--as it is about those incredible accidental meetings of personalities and circumstances at the most telling times in history and how much of what becomes cultural consciousness is developed in dark rooms under conditions and by people of which most remain forever unaware. El-Hai's book is a mystery and suspense tale, told as though Poe or Hawthorne had penned an historical drama. It comes highly recommended from these quarters, especially for anyone who prefers a literary turn put to what would otherwise be dry classroom facts.
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- Douglas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.