The Psychopathic God

The Psychopathic God

"The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler" is a 1977 book written by Robert G. L. Waite. It was republished in 1993 by First DeCapo Press of New York.

It is a psychohistorical examination of German dictator Adolf Hitler explores the events "by documenting accounts of his behaviour, beliefs, tastes, fears and compulsions." (DeCapo Press, publisher)


This book foregoes many common topics of historicity among biographies of Hitler, instead creating a portrait of the dictator solely through his apparent motivations.

Jewish ancestry

While questions have lingered as to whether Hitler had Jewish ancestry, and subsequent history has cast great doubt on the idea, Waite proposes that Hitler's own doubts as to this question was a fundamental catalyst of the dictator's political actions. The author attempts to show that Hitler was unaware as to the truth of this matter, made great efforts to covertly shed light on his ancestry, and was deeply affected by the lingering question. Waite's presents a plethora of evidence to consider: Hitler's fixation on blood (both his own and in his speeches on the topic of purity), craniometry, a law banning Jewish employers from having pre-menopausal German handmaidens (as was the situation of Hitler's grandmother), etc.

Origin of the Title

The title is taken from a passage in W. H. Auden's poem, "September 1, 1939":

: "Accurate scholarship can": "Unearth the whole offence": "From Luther until now": "That has driven a culture mad,": "Find what occurred at Linz,": "What huge imago made": "A psychopathic God:": "I and the public know": "What all schoolchildren learn,": "Those to whom evil is done": "Do evil in return."

The title of Auden's poem refers to the date that Hitler's tanks rolled into Poland. This date is generally acknowledged as the beginning of World War II.


*Waite, Robert G. L. (1977). "The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler." New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0465067433

ee also

* Psychobiography
* List of Adolf Hitler books

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