On October 14th, 1918, Private Adolf Hitler suffers a poison gas attack in the trenches of the Western Front. Blinded, he is taken to a psychiatric military hospital, where he makes a fateful decision: to go into politics. Scholars and military psychologists now believe that this, and all of Hitler's future decisions, were colored by the traumatic experience. By using the latest neurological research on shellshock victims and exploring a top-secret American report, we examine how this quiet soldier transformed into a monster.
Air Date: Jan 22, 2012