|My greatest debt is to survivors of Nazi death camps, many
of whom I interviewed but only a few of whom I name here. It is they who carry
within them the terrible truths we must all reckon with, and their contribution
to my work, and to my life, has been inestimable.
I am especially
grateful to Leo Eitinger, who spared himself nothing in teaching me about
Auschwitz and much more; to Raul Hilberg, for constant advice, information, and
perspective, as well as the kind of close, knowledgeable reading of the
manuscript that few authors are privileged to receive and to Elie Wiesel for
strong support and wise counsel throughout the work.
discussions and various forms of help with arrangements in the United States
and different parts of the world Erwin H Ackerknecht, Leo Alexander (who made
available to me many of his early materials), Amnon Amir (who sent me his
dissertation on Nazi euthanasia,) Rudolph Binion (who made
available his research materials) Vahakn N Dadrian (who provided writings and
information on the Turkish genocide of Armenians), Lucy Dawidowicz, Peter
Demetz, Karl Deutsch, Richard Falk, Leslie Farber, Erich Goldhagen, Michael H.
Kater, Robert M. W. Kempner, Heinz Kohut, Ruth Lidz, Theodore Lidz, Franklin H.
Littell, Peter Loewenberg, James M. McHaney (who made available materials from
the Nuremberg Medical Trial), Margaret Mead, Alexander Mitscherlich (who
conveyed to me everything he could concerning his invaluable early
exposé of Nazi medical crimes), Margarete Mitscherlich, George Mosse,
Fritz Redlich, Fritz Stern, Albert J. Stunkard, Uriel Tal, Telford Taylor,
Lionel Tiger, and Henry Turner.
Members of the Wellfleet psychohistory
group with whom I have shared much of the work include Norman Birnbaum,
Margaret BrenmanGibson, Peter Brooks, Harvey Cox, Erik Erikson (opening
up new dimensions in our dialogue of thirty years), Kai Erjkson, Robert Holt,
Gerald Holton, Hillel Levine, John E. Mack, Charles Strozier, Francis Winters,
and Daniel Yankelovich.
In Germany, Horst von Glasenapp provided
important early materials and many additional forms of help during the research
phase. Paul Matussek offered crucial support with arrangements and an
appointment as Fellow at the Forschungsstelle für Psychopathologie und