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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Fascinating, April 13, 2009
This review is from: The Nuremberg Interviews (Paperback)
This book contains the near-verbatim transcripts of interviews conducted by American psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn with the Nazi leaders on trial at Nuremberg. I would say it is crucial to anyone wishing to understand the Nazi regime and the Holocaust in particular.

Many of the men interviewed would be hanged shortly after their interviews. In that sense, this book is a collection of "last words" from men who helped commit some of the worst crimes in the history of humankind. It is fascinating to hear how they viewed themselves and their part in the Nazi war machine and the Final Solution. For example, virtually all of them regard themselves as decent chaps, whose scope of choice had been limited to the point where they were unable to do other than they had done.

I like that this book was not "glitzed up" by the editor. Aside from a short, preliminary essay, the book is comprised entirely of Goldensohn's notes. This keeps the focus on the interviews, rather than on commentaries or biographies or a bunch of photos (at the beginning of each interview, there are two or three sentences explaining who the person was, one portrait photo, and that's it).

Goldensohn is a deft interviewer, who tries to let the men explain themselves while asking them searching or uncomfortable questions at opportune moments.

Anyway, a unique and valuable contribution to the field.
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