March 31, 2005

1943 Psychological Profile Reveals Hitler as Tormented

Which is funny, because I always imagined him to be quite jolly and well-adjusted, a guy who would surprise you with handpicked wildflowers for no reason at all.

Link to Cornell's site with the complete document, which was commissioned by the O.S.S. (precursor to the CIA) in 1943 in an attempt to predict the future behavior of Hitler.

From the NYT:

Dr. Murray diagnoses in Hitler neurosis, hysteria, paranoia, Oedipal tendencies, schizophrenia, "infinite self-abasement" and "syphilophobia," which he describes as a fear of contamination of the blood through contact with a woman.

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