The Mind of Adolf Hitler

Title:                      The Mind of Adolf Hitler

Author:                  Walter C. Langer

Langer, Walter C. (1972). The Mind of Adolf Hitler: The Secret Wartime Report. New York: Basic Books

LCCN:    72086336

DD247.H5 L29



  • Originally prepared in 1943 for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services; known in that office as The Hitler source-book.

Date Posted:      May 2, 2016

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

Langer, an American psychiatrist, was commissioned in 1943 to establish the Psychoanalytic Field Unit within the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and to prepare a psychological analysis of Hitler using as source materials intelligence reports, interviews with men who knew Hitler, and Hitler’s writings, This book is the report made by Langer, with certain additions. It is probably, the pioneer effort of what has become an important but little-known activity of present-day intelligence—remote medical diagnostics and psychoanalysis of foreign leaders and political personalities. The introduction to the book contains all of the intelligence-associated background leading up to the report itself, which makes up the remainder of the book.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., pp. 110-111

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