Nazi And The Psychiatrist
El nazi y el psiquiatra / The Nazi and the Psychiatrist
The renowned psychiatrist's most powerful and important book - a brilliant analysis and history of the crucial role that German doctors played in Nazi genocide. In a new introduction, Lifton considers the medicalized killing of more recent mass murders and how ordinary people become socialized to genocide.
In1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göringarrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompaniedby sixteen suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases contained all manner ofparaphernalia: medals, gems, two cigar cutters, silk underwear, a hot-waterbottle, and the equivalent of $1 million in cash.
In 1930s and 1940s Vienna, child psychiatrist Hans Asperger sought to define autism as a diagnostic category, aiming to treat those children, usually boys, he deemed capable of participating fully in society. Depicted as a compassionate and devoted researcher, Asperger was in fact deeply influenced by Nazi psychiatry. Although he did offer individualized care to children he deemed promising, he also prescribed harsh institutionalization and even transfer to Spiegelgrund, one of the Reich's deadliest killing centers, for children with greater disabilities, who, he held, could not integrate into the community.
A renowned psychiatrist-drawing on his decades of experience and the dramatic advances within psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience-looks anew at the findings and examines in detail four of the war criminals at Nuremberg, in a complex and troubling quest to make sense of the most extreme evil.
This book traces the history of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial of 1946-47, through the eyes of the Austrian emigre psychiatrist Leo Alexander, whose investigations helped the US prosecution. Schmidt provides a detailed insight into the origins of human righ