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- Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
- Format: Paperback | 488 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 204mm x 34mm | 558g
- Publication date: 22 August 1995
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
- ISBN 10: 0306806614
- ISBN 13: 9780306806612
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 151,429
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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G. M. Gilbert was the prison psychologist before and during the Nuremberg trial and is the author of The Psychology of Dictatorship.
By Michael Bird 19 Oct 2009
This book is probably the most fascinating book i have read on this topic to date. Gibson pulls no punches at times, exposes the real faces beyond the bloodiest and twisted agendas.
The book was recently made into a film with Alec Baldwin in but read this first has its real testimony and truth is here, the film is a little americanised and biased at times.
Back cover copy
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 for the plotting of aggressive warfare, the extermination of civilian populations, the widespread use of slave labor, the looting of occupied countries, and the maltreatment and murder of prisoners of war. G. M. Gilbert was the prison psychologist before and during the Nuremberg trial. He had an unrivalled, 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.
Table of contents
* Introduction--The Indicted * The Prosecution Opens * Christmas Recess in Jail * The Anglo-American Prosecution Concludes * The French Prosecution * The Russian Prosecution * Gerings Defense * Hesss Defense * Ribbentrops Defense * Keitels Defense * Kaltenbrunners Defense * Rosenbergs Defense * Franks Defense * Fricks Defense * Streichers Defense * Schachts Defense * Doenitz Defense * Raeders Defense * Von Schirachs Defense * Jodls Defense * Von Papens Defense * Speers Defense * The Summations * The Condemned * Appendix IThe Judgment * Appendix IIChronology