ABSTRACT

To understand the excitement that accrued to the news that Rorschach tests were administered to the Nuremberg war criminals and were to become available, one must remember that the Nuremberg trials had kept alive the seething emotions and understandable hatred of the Nazi regime generated during and after World War II. In terms of the degree of suspense that the Nazi Rorschachs stirred up there is nothing quite like that today. Perhaps one might catch a little of the flavor if one could imagine an announcement, at the height of the Watergate scandal, that Nixon and “ali his men” had been psychologically assessed and these test results would be publicly released. This chapter attempts to deal with the perplexing fact, that the psychological Nazi records were not published until three decades after the close of the war, and then only partially.