Why were the Nazis evil?
That’s a jolly good question but not one that psychologists were able to solve according to Howard Triest a translator involved in interviewing Nazi leaders after the war.
He says that, despite the psychiatrists’ best attempts, no great insight was gained into psychological source of the Nazi mentality.
“Did we learn anything from these psychiatric tests? No. We didn’t find anything abnormal, nothing to indicate something that would make them the murderers they would become.
“In fact, they were all quite normal. Evil and extreme cruelty can go with normality.
Imagine that, they were all “quite normal.” I would go as far as to say that not only can evil and extreme cruelty go together with “normality” but it is normality in a world lost without a Saviour. Watch End of the Spear for another great example.