The Psychopathic God

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The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler
The Psychopathic God.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorRobert G. L. Waite
SubjectAdolf Hitler
Publication date
Media typePrint
LC ClassDD247.H5

The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler is a 1977 book by the historian Robert G. L. Waite. It was republished in 1993 by Da Capo Press of New York.

Origin of the Title[edit]

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 0-465-06743-3

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