David Lewis The Man Who Invented Hitler

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The Man Who Invented Hitler

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As a soldier in the first World War, Adolf Hitler never rose above the rank of lance corporal, and before that, he had been an impoverished drifter. Yet within months of the war’s end, he had embarked on a path that was to lead Europe into years of conflict, terror, and the Holocaust. In The Man Who Invented Hitler, David Lewis pinpoints what he believes were the key events in his transformation. He documents the fact that Hitler emerged from the war with hysterical blindness, not blindness from mustard gas poisoning, as commonly believed. Hitler was treated by the controversial psychiatrist Edmund Forster, whose methods included telling patients that only the strength of their will and personality could bring them recovery. Once Hitler found that by sheer will he could cure his own blindness, the next step was obvious to him.

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David Lewis holds a doctorate from the University of Sussex, where he lectures in clinical psychology, specialising in stress and hysterical diseases. He is a writer and award-winning broadcaster, as well as a being a regular contributor to History Today. It was while researching an article for the magazine on psychiatry between the wars that he developed his interest in Forster. He lives in Sussex.

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Throughout the First World War, Hitler never rose above the rank of lance corporal, and beforehand had been an impoverished drifter. Yet within a few months of the end of the war, he had embarked on the path that was to lead Europe into years of war, terror and the Holocaust. What changed him? In this penetrating book, David Lewis pinpoints the key events in this transformation. He proves how Hitler emerged from the war with hysterical blindness, and was treated by the controversial psychiatrist Edmund Forster, whose methods included telling patients how only the strength of their will and personality could bring them to recovery. Once Hitler found that by sheer will he could cure his own blindness, the next step was obvious to him...

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