Psychobiography with Dr. Gail Saltz | Villains of History: On Adolf Hitler with Dr. Benjamin Hett
Where: 92nd Street Y
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Behind the infamous deeds of history’s most notorious figures lie complex and mysterious human minds. Dr. Gail Saltz, the author, psychoanalyst and television commentator, invites experts and brings her own expertise to bear as she examines the psychology of the villains of history, including Adolph Hitler.
Why did democracy fall apart so quickly and completely in Germany in the 1930s? How did a democratic government allow Adolph Hitler to seize power? What personally drove Hitler to become a dictator and architect of mass genocide? Join Dr. Saltz and Dr. Benjamin Hett for this conversation on how Hitler used populist insurgencies to bring the Nazis to power and how the misguided confidence of conservative politicians resulted in a failure to recognize that their efforts played directly into Hitler’s hands. Hett, a scholar and gifted storyteller, will share how Hitler was able to take hold of the government, the failures of the Weimar Republic and the shortsightedness of German politicians who allowed it to happen.
Dr. Gail Saltz is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, psychoanalyst with The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, columnist, bestselling author and a television commentator, frequently contributing to the Today Show, CNN and MSNBC. She is the emotional wellness contributor to Health Magazine and Health.com, Chair the of 92Y 7 Days of Genius Advisory Committee, and consultant and event moderator for the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative.
Dr. Benjamin Carter Hett is the author of The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic. He is a professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. Born in Rochester, New York, he grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and now lives in New York City.