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Summary

The Nuremberg Interviews reveals the chilling innermost thoughts of the former Nazi officials under indictment at the famous postwar trial. The architects of one of history’s greatest atrocities speak out about their lives, their careers in the Nazi Party, and their views on the Holocaust. Their reflections are recorded in a set of interviews conducted by a US Army psychiatrist. Dr. Leon Goldensohn was entrusted with monitoring the mental health of the two dozen German leaders charged with carrying out genocide, as well as that of many of the defense and prosecution witnesses. These recorded conversations have gone largely unexamined for more than 50 years.

Now, Robert Gellately - one of the premier historians of Nazi Germany - has transcribed, edited, and annotated the interviews, and makes them available to the public for the first time in this volume. 

Here are interviews with the highest-ranking Nazi officials in the Nuremberg jails, including Hans Frank, Hermann Goering, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, and Joachim von Ribbentrop. Here, too, are interviews with the lesser known officials who were, nonetheless, essential to the workings of the Third Reich. Goldensohn was a particularly astute interviewer, his training as a psychiatrist leading him to probe the motives, the rationales, and the skewing of morality that allowed these men to enact an unfathomable evil. Candid and often shockingly truthful, these interviews are deeply disturbing in their illumination of an ideology gone mad.

Each interview is annotated with biographical information that places the man and his actions in their historical context. These interviews are a profoundly important addition to our understanding of the Nazi mind and mission.

©2007 Leon Goldensohn and Robert Gellately (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“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 document.... Striking 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)

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A fascinating insight

The narration was excellent and individual interviews kept my attention even when the identities of the men seemed to merge into a single theme of individual denial and group amnesia. Going by the testimonies of these leading Nazis you’d have to put down the Nazi war machine and their atrocities as the work of just 2 men: Hitler and Himmler. Everyone else knew nothing, was solely focused on their own honourable work, and bore no responsibility or guilt for the death roll of WWII. Utterly astonishing, but a fascinating insight into how society can be drawn into a parallel universe where morality is put to one side and madness can become the norm.

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Excellent

Hard to imagine a better treatment and narration xxxx ccccc rrrrr nnnnn rrrrr ggggg nnnnnn

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Interesting

Is you are a love of WW2 stuff , this is great….it demonstrated how nutty the leadership was

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