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Nuremberg Diary

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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 Göering, Speer, Hess, Ribbentrop, Frank, Jodl, ...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published August 22nd 1995 by Da Capo Press (NY) (first published 1947)
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Lewis Weinstein
Jun 17, 2013 Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it
I have read the parts of Gilbert's book having to do with Schacht. This includes the record of testimony and the comments of Schacht and other defendants about that testimony. It is a fascinating record, based on Gilbert's unique access to all of the Nuremberg defendants. It raises questions about the veracity of Schacht's protestations as reported in his own memoir, which I just read and reviewed ... Confessions of the Old Wizard: The Autobiography of Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht

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Sep 24, 2010 Davida rated it it was amazing
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This book is extremely interesting and was written by American psychologist GM Gilbert who was assigned as prison psychologist for the first Nuremberg trials - the Nazi leaders.
One of the most interesting parts is the transcript of the reactions of the prisoners on first watching the atrocity films. Gilbert and his colleague sat opposite the prisoners and recorded their gestures and reactions in words, and provided the transcript within the diary.
The account of the psychological state of all pri
Erik Graff
Jan 09, 2013 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
This book consists of a series of psycho-biographies of the major Nazi leaders tried in Nuremberg after WWII conducted by Captain G.M. Gilbert, a US psychologist assigned to interview, test and study them. Transcripts of interviews, essays by the prisoners and intelligence test results are included. It is well-written and, by contemporary standards, charmingly innocent given the fact that the primary offense the prisoners were accused of was that of unprovoked aggression, a war crime conducted r ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lo psicologo americano G.M. Gilbert seguì i 23 grandi criminali di guerra nazisti durante il processo di Norimberga.
Non erano degli stupidi. A eccezione di Streicher (che risultò avere un QI di 106) i test attitudinali rivelarono un’intelligenza superiore alla media (Schacht 143, Seyss-Inquart 141, Goering 138, Doenitz 138, ecc.). intelligenti e malvagi, verrebbe da dire.
Gilbert conversò con loro in cella, li ascoltò nei corridoi, seguì gli scambi di battute fra gli imputati, li osservò e li stu
Mar 17, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it
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This book details the conversations held between the author and high ranking Nazis at the Nuremberg trials in 1945-46.He was a psychologist, fluent in German, assigned to assess and support the accused during their trials.

He visited them daily, sat with them in court and made extensive notes after each encounter, documenting them in chronological order as the trials progressed.He also provides a summary of the charges and of the verdicts.

The patterns of denial, self-justifications, manipulation
Mar 26, 2014 Philip rated it it was amazing
This book is a fascinating inside look at the highest stratum of the indicted Nazi regime. Dr. Gilbert provides almost daily accounts of the prisoners' reactions to the events of their trials and provides a glimmer of humanity to some of the greatest monsters to have been spawned in modern, western history.

Read the text with the understanding that Gilbert was the American-born son of Austrian Jews. Therefore, the inherent bias is obvious in some of his observations. He brings the reader as clos
Nupur Harshita
Jun 27, 2013 Nupur Harshita rated it it was amazing
Took time to finish this book as it is an intense read. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about WWII.

It was very interesting to see how little the defendants (most of them) felt responsible for the war, the atrocities and what not. How some of them were still loyal to the murderer Fuhrer and how some of them pretended to be loyal as that has been their life for past 30+ years.

The most interesting part of the book is Goering's attitude, his false pride/ ego, the way he
May 01, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
Quite interesting. This is the diary of the prison psychologist assigned to monitor the Nazi war criminals on a daily basis during the trial. It was fascinating to see the group dynamics develop among them as well as the way the different individuals dealt with their own guilt. Plus there was Hess who at one point claimed he was malingering amnesia, but the author eventually comes to believe that he was really quite impaired. But once he'd admitted malingering, they never raised the issue of com ...more
Jul 02, 2007 Sue rated it really liked it
This was the first book I've read about Nurenberg, and I must say that it was really interesting to see a personal account of the defendants - Goering, Hess, von Ribbentrop, etc. Gilbert, the author, was a psychiatrist in the Army and had access to the prisoners at any time. He got to see their strengths and weaknesses as human beings, how they reacted to stress and peer pressure (Goering's pompous attitude and desire to be the center of attention was described really well), and gave insight int ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Magdalenka2684 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jedna z lepszych książek, które do tej pory czytałam. Trudna lektura, ale dla zainteresowanych tematyką konieczna!
Dec 14, 2010 Paola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judaica, shoah
Uno psicologo americano al processo di Norimberga. Il diario dei suoi incontri con i leader nazisti sotto accusa. Si rimane colpiti, leggendo i resoconti di questi incontri, dalla mancanza assoluta di presa di coscienza dei crimini commessi.
Goering, Hess, Ribbentrop e Co. sono molto occupati da sé stessi, da come appaiono, da cosa pensano gli altri imputati di loro, oppure a criticarsi l'un altro.
Inesistente un'introspezione personale, un'elaborazione di quanto commesso, dei sensi di colpa, rim
Adam DeVille, Ph.D.
Aug 10, 2016 Adam DeVille, Ph.D. rated it liked it
Written with admirable restraint by a psychologist who gives us limited insights into the minds of Goerring, Hess, von Ribbentrop, and the others high in the Nazi hierarchy, this book is in essence a collection of case histories written as the Nuremberg trials progressed, and ending with final interviews of the criminals right before their executions. Its use is as primary material, not as sociological, theological, moral, or psychoanalytic analysis, which the author largely avoids.
Sep 06, 2009 Chuck rated it really liked it
As a Prison Psychologist at the Nuremberg trials, Gilbert had unparalleled access to the top surviving members of the Nazi Leadership. From Göering's attempts to liken the Holocaust to America's race troubles, Jodl's shock at being tried for War Crimes and Ribbentrop's admission that he'd follow Hitler all over again, this is a riveting look at the leadership of Germany in World War II. Anyone who ascribes to "Never Again" should read this book.
Michal Hapala
Jan 31, 2016 Michal Hapala rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-history
A close insight into the hearts and minds of Nazis on trial at Nuremberg by a psychologist who was tasked with keeping them sane and willing to defend themselves and accept the crimes of the NSDAP (by for example separating them for lunch so that Goering would not have so much influence on the others etc.). Composed of shortened diary entries.
Jul 07, 2009 Mic rated it really liked it
who doesn't love reading about how insane the Nazis were? My favorite part was Goering defensively insisting that anyone can make an atrocity video, all you need to do is dig up a bunch of corpses, pile them up, and show a bulldozer pushing them into a pit. It doesn't mean anything.
Jul 13, 2013 Chelly rated it really liked it
Very good read about the trials at Nuremberg. Not the historical perspective of Persico, but a psychologists thoughts and story of spending over a year with some of the most vile leaders of the Third Reich. He reminds us through his book these men were human.
Jul 20, 2012 Marc rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An interesting look at the Nuremberg defendants outside the trial. Although Gilbert lays on some psychoanalysis (that is his job after all), I think the words of the Germans speak for themselves.
Jun 13, 2012 Pola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bardzo interesująca publikacja pokazująca proces od innej strony. Rozmowy z więźniami pokazują inną twarz tych ludzi, czasem pokazują chwile gdy oskarżeni uzmysławiają sobie okrucieństwa tej wojny.
Jul 13, 2012 Sarrvesh rated it liked it
Before I started reading this book, I guess I had too much expectation and hence did not like it very much but a very good account of the Nuremberg Trials nevertheless.
Dec 12, 2014 Prachee rated it really liked it
Gilbert makes no overt judgement or analysis on the defendants throughout the book yet makes his opinions amply clear to anyone who has eyes for it.
Hewitt Moore
Dec 09, 2010 Hewitt Moore rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It gave an inside look in the minds of the prisoners on trial at Nuremberg. Very interesting read.
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Gustave Mark Gilbert (1911 - 1977), the New York-born, German-speaking intelligence officer and psychologist who was granted free access by the Allies to all the prisoners held in the Nuremberg jail.
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