I Was Hitler's Doctor - His Intimate Life, by Kurt Krueger, published by Biltmore Publishing Co. Inc. New York 1943 - A signed copy by the author Kurt Krueger, dated December 1, 1943. Hardcover with the illustrated dust jacket all complete. English.
"If Hitler's personal physician would come and sit in your room and for three hours tell you the intimate things his patient confided to him in an effort to heal his tortured mind by psychoanalysis, you would experience something, would you not? I experienced what amounts to this experience and it left me disturbed, shocked and decidedly more thoughtful... The present trouble devastating the world now is the result of the twisted thinking of this tortured mind. Which became embroiled in infantilism, masochism, sadism, messianic rage, and madness...". (From the Kansas City Journal when the book was first published).
This important book by Adolf Hitler's personal physician Kurt Krueger covers the 15 years in which he treated the Führer's chronic physical and mental illnesses between 1915 to 1930. The manuscript was smuggled out of Europe to the United States, and published during the war. This is one of the most shocking books written about World War II, dealing entirely with Hitler's questionable personality and illnesses, revealing countless intimate and unknown details about Adolf Hitler. Krueger who was close to the Führer for many years as his therapist to whom Hitler exposed his most intimate secrets, tells of Hitler's childhood experiences as a boy, his hatred for his father, the humiliations he endured as a child, his relations with the village idiot and his loneliness, his reactions to assassination attempts against him, the murder of his brother, the physical and mental illnesses he developed, his complex personality, and more. The book includes long verbatim transcripts quoted from conversations Krueger had with Hitler, and was witness to countless outbursts of anger and lack of self-control. In the chapter "The Wandering Jew" Krueger describes conversations he had with Hitler in which he demonstrated his unrestrained hatred for Jews.
The three writers of the introduction to the book recommend it as a must read for anyone trying to understand Hitler's complex personality. The American novelist Upton Sinclair recommends in the foreword for anyone fighting Hitler (the book was published during his lifetime in the midst of the war) to read the book carefully "and that includes almost every man and woman in the Western Hemisphere". Otto Strasser, a former Nazi official who fled Germany, and knew Hitler closely, also writes (in the introduction) that it is worthwhile to read the book in order to understand Hitler's character. The psychiatrist Dr. K. Arvid Enlind writes in the introduction: "Hitler suffers from an Oedipus complex which is analyzed carefully in this volume. His jealousy toward his father in his early adolescence, and his desire to take his father's place in his mother's affection, was projected on a world scale, so that now he strives to be the great father of humanity as a whole, keeping the world in a loveless terror under the lash of his whip, and the wild rage of his tongue".
XXIV, 322 p. Hardcover with the illustrated dust jacket all complete. Minor tears in dust jacket spine. Overall good - Very good condition.