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The Nazi Gospels

DSCF0574By Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall

I have been doing research on the psychology of undue influence and coercive persuasion since my first independent research study as an undergraduate when I looked at the effect of group influence on people’s expression of anti-Semitic views.  My interest in looking at the sources of prejudice and discrimination are integral to my commitment to the promotion of human rights and tolerance for diversity, and an important feature of my clinical work has been to help individuals and families who have been adversely affected by cultic groups who tend to reinforce distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘them’.

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The German minority in Czechoslovakia welcoming Nazi troops in October 1938

I have always been fascinated by how the Nazis were successful in persuading ordinary people to commit atrocious acts, and this was the original basis for my interest in coercive persuasion. So when I was asked to be interviewed for a documentary on “The Nazi Gospels” to be aired on The History Channel, I was happy to oblige. You can view this documentary on You Tube below.

My remarks can be seen at 24:48, 54:18, and 105:47.

Please feel free to let me know your reactions to the documentary, or to discuss my research with me email:

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