- Unpublished documentation and exhaustive research show how many of Adolf Hitler’s top staff realised that their leader was criminally insane
- Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished photographs of many of the characters involved
- The first study to question and investigate the mental wellbeing of Adolf Hitler and the consequences for the Third Reich
The object of Hitler’s Insanity: A Conspiracy of Silence
is not to prove that Adolf Hitler was insane.
So much is obvious, both intuitively and from a clinical perspective. Nevertheless, the reasons for arriving at such a conclusion is reiterated and enlarged upon. Instead, the aim of author Andrew Norman is to discover what light Hitler’s associates were able to shed on the personality and modus operandi of the Fuehrer, and to determine the extent to which they – and indeed, Hitler himself – realised that their leader was insane. The aim is also to investigate the cause of his insanity. In this regard, the testimony of the leading Nazis, who were tried for war crimes at Nuremberg during 1945 and 1946, are of particular relevance. These captured Nazis surely realised that in all probability they would be found guilty and their lives would terminate at the end of a rope. Surely, therefore, they had nothing to lose by giving the ‘low-down’ on their late Fuehrer, i.e. revealing their innermost thoughts as to his sanity or otherwise.
|234 x 156 mm
|22 March 2018
|23 black-and-white photographs
Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1943. Having been educated at Thornhill High School, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he qualified in medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary. From 1972–83, Norman worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset, before a spinal injury cut short his medical career. He is now an established writer whose published works include biographies of Thomas Hardy, T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, and Adolf Hitler.