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Nazi Labor Minister Robert Ley: Is There Such a Thing as a “Bad Brain”?

Professor Joel Dimsdale

Robert Ley is all but forgotten today, but he was one of the principal Nuremberg War Crimes Trial defendants. Ley was a paradox. On the one hand, he has been described as a vicious, murderous demagogue. At the same time, he was a vocal spokesman for workers’ rights. Ley sustained major head injuries in World War I, and many wondered if those injuries led up to his crimes. He is the only Nuremberg defendant whose brain was examined, and there is disagreement about what was revealed at autopsy.

Instructor: Dr. Joel Dimsdale received his education at Carleton College, Stanford University, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the department of psychiatry at UC San Diego. He is the author of more than 500 publications as well as numerous books. His most recent book, Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals, was published by Yale University Press in 2016.

Coordinator: Doug Webb

Course Number: OSHR-70065   Credit: 0 units


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