Hitler Among the Germans

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Januar 1984



An odd and rather intriguing search for the unconscious determinants of Hitler's beliefs and policies. Self-punitive guilt, enthusiasm for "mercy killing," and a compulsive quest to "poison the poisoners" resulted, Binion finds, from Hitler's orders to the Jewish family doctor in 1908 to treat his mother's terminal malignancy with extremely painful iodoform, a circumstance also cited by John Toland in Hitler (p. 835) without emphasis on the son's role. A second focus is Hitler's treatment for mustard gas poisoning in 1918; he went into Pasewalk hospital devoid of leadership ability, Binion claims, and came out with mesmeric talents; this supposedly involved an hysterical collapse and hypnosis by the doctor, but since the doctor in question tended to diagnose all patients as hysterical shirkers, by Binion's account, the question of Hitler's "hysteria" remains moot. More broadly, Binion sees Hitler's push for Lebensraum as a neurotic expression of "aggressive orality" as well as of the "German unconsciousness," though elsewhere he states that "The land grab [merely] fronted for the Jew kill." Most cogently, Binion contends that Hitler's foreign policy amounted to reliving the WW I defeat which stemmed from Germany's failure to ally with the West against the East. Written without the turgidity of Frau Lou (1968), this book is nevertheless eccentric in the precise sense that it uses strained or obscure reasoning to reach startling conclusions. (Kirkus Reviews)


"Binion's "Hitler among the Germans" towers above the mass of Hitler books. With breathtaking precision, it contributes not just new biographic information, but above all a compelling explanation of Hitler's personal development. It is by far the most brilliant psychohistorical contribution to Hitler research."--Eberhard Jackel"This book is a tour de force--both a highly original work of historical reconstruction and an exact and authoritative statement defining and elucidating the nature of psychohistorical scholarship. Among contemporary psychohistorians, Binion stands quite alone, and I think that whatever stature this particular historiographical orientation has attained (and will attain) is due in no small measure to him."--C.M. Kimmich
EAN: 9780875805313
ISBN: 0875805310
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 1984
Seitenanzahl: 226 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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