I have not read this book, and almost certainly won’t, so I am critiquing the tone and substance of the review.
Kelley’s son (can’t remember his name) has been speaking and writing about his father, with at least one of his articles appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle. Since then he has run afoul of the Holocult and has disappeared from the mainstream media.
The official story goes like this: Kelley was asked to study the Nuremberg defendants, which he did, and then wrote a famous book about them. This book drew all kinds of accolades from his peers and others, and won all kinds of awards. At least one university actually offered a for-credit course in the book. Kelley’s “seminal” study became the standard interpretation of the psychology of the fascist mind.
His son’s account: Kelley was only in Nuremberg for two weeks and left hastily. He had had some kind of dispute with Mickey Marcus, who was running the show trial for the Allies. [After the IMT trials, Marcus, a rabid Zionist, went to Palestine where he accidentally blew himself up in what Israeli’s call a raid, and the Palestinians call a terrorist attack, in East Jerusalem. He was replaced as leader of his paramilitary unit/terror cell by his protege, the then unknown Ariel Sharon.] As a result of the dispute, it was decided that Kelley would be replaced. It isn’t clear what the nature of the clash was, and whether Kelley quit or was forced out. In either case, he returned to private practice and produced his “masterpiece.”
At his family home Kelley had a hard and fast rule that neither the Nuremberg trials nor his brief involvement with them would be discussed. “But Dad,” his son would plead, “you wrote a book about it. Why can’t we talk about it?” It was to no avail. His father would become quite angry when somebody would attempt to broach the topic.
One day his father had some sort of accident in the kitchen, went upstairs and swallowed a lethal amount of hydrogen cyanide, the active ingredient in Zykon B. He was a doctor and had access to all kinds of substances with which he could commit suicide, why he chose that one is the subject of some debate.
Some time after his father’s death, his mother took fatally ill. Before she passed, she told her son that his father had confided to her that the conclusions he was to come to at Nuremberg had been predetermined by Marcus, and made to fit the charges. When Kelley balked and refused to be a party to the deception, Marcus became insistent and threatened him.
Ms. Kelley also told her son that the famous book on the Nuremberg trials attributed to his father had actually been written by somebody in the army, and that his father had been threatened with death if he didn’t claim authorship of it. It was for this reason, that his father categorically refused to discuss the matter.
What to believe? The only bit of this that is verifiable is that Kelley did leave Nuremberg after two weeks while the original edition of the book he allegedly wrote claims that he spent much more time with the inmates than that. Also that Kelley did do himself in with HC, but can we really infer anything from this?
So according to his son, Kelley was brought in to confer academic legitimacy upon the predetermined verdict at Nuremberg, and when he refused and left, a fraudulent book was produced and he was compelled under threat of death to pretend that he wrote it and that the conclusions expressed therein are his own. Does the book under review discuss the son’s allegations? I don’t know, but the review sure doesn’t.
Do I believe his son? Yes. He has nothing to gain from making this stuff up, and some of what he contends can be verified–the bolting after two weeks–which contradicts the official version of events. That proves that the book is deceptive in at least this one way. The Pentagon has done alot worse than fabricate evidence over the years. The HC? It seems obvious that Dr. Kelley was leaving a message behind, but what the gesture actually means is hard to pin down as it can be interpreted in at least three ways. And it isn’t clear whom the message was for.
It should also be noted that while some of the evidence against them may have been fabricated for propaganda purposes, the Nazis are certainly guilty of the four charges the IMT leveled against them (crimes against the peace–waging aggressive war, war crimes–violating internationally recognized rules of war conduct, crimes against humanity–persecution on racial or religious grounds etc., and conspiracy to commit same). Only the breadth and depth of their guilt can be reasonably debated, and, of course, specific allegations within the respective charges. It is here, I suspect, that we would likely find the cause of Kelley’s dispute with Marcus.
What was it? There is too little information to come to a conclusion, but what is clear is that the Allies were more concerned with controlling the official narrative of WW2 and directing it to their advantage than with historical accuracy, and that those people, like Kelley’s son, who gainsay this narrative are removed from public view and their accusations disappear with them never to be properly investigated.
1, Yes, sham trials. This is not to say that the Nazis were not deplorable, they certainly were, but much of the “evidence” presented against them has been shown over the years to be untrue. Remember the shrunken heads? The Jewish soap? Even the Holocult admit, however reluctantly, that these allegations were false.
2, Marcus has another claim to fame: His biography, Cast a Giant Shadow, is the worst bit of hagiography ever written. Don’t believe me? Read it.