By Jack El-Hai
In 1945, after his trap on the finish of the second one global struggle, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run reformatory in war-torn Luxembourg, followed by means of 16 suitcases and a purple hatbox. The suitcases contained all demeanour of paraphernalia: medals, gem stones, cigar cutters, silk undies, a scorching water bottle, and the similar of $1 million in money. Hidden in a espresso can, a collection of brass vials housed glass pills containing a transparent liquid and a white precipitate: potassium cyanide. becoming a member of Göring within the penitentiary have been the elite of the captured Nazi regimeGrand Admiral Dönitz; military commander Wilhelm Keitel and his deputy Alfred Jodl; the mentally risky Robert Ley; the suicidal Hans Frank; the pornographic propagandist Julius Streicherfifty-two senior Nazis in all, of whom the dominant determine was once Göring.
To make sure that the villainous captives have been healthy for trial at Nuremberg, the united states military despatched an formidable military psychiatrist, Captain Douglas M. Kelley, to oversee their psychological wellbeing and fitness in the course of their detention. Kelley learned he was once being provided the pro chance of an entire life: to find a distinguishing trait between those arch-criminals that might mark them as psychologically diversified from the remainder of humanity. So begun a extraordinary courting among Kelley and his captors, informed right here for the 1st time with exact entry to Kelley’s long-hidden papers and scientific records.
Kelley’s was once a unsafe quest, risky simply because opposed to all his expectancies he started to savor and comprehend a few of the Nazi captives, none extra so than the previous Reichsmarshall, Hermann Göring. Evil had its charms.