erate and conscious tendency toward it. Such behavior
often terminates when the hysterical person is faced with an
unavoidable necessity of conducting himself correctly. Therefore, the
amnesia of Hess may end upon his being brought to Trial.
3. Rudolf Hess, prior to his flight to England, did not suffer from any kind of insanity, nor is he now suffering from it. At the present time he exhibits hysterical behavior with signs of a conscious-intentional (simulated) character, which does not exonerate him from his responsibility under the Indictment.
/ s / KRASNUSHKIN
17 November 1945
The undersigned, having seen and examined Rudolf Hess, have come to the following conclusions:
1. There are no relevant physical abnormalities.
2. His mental state is of a mixed type. He is an unstable man and what is technically called a psychopathic personality. The evidence of his illness in the past four years, as presented by one of us who has had him under his care in England, indicates that he has had delusions of poisoning and other similar paranoid ideas.
Partly as a reaction to the failure of his mission these abnormal ideas got worse and led to a suicidal attempt.
In addition, he has a marked hysterical tendency, as shown by various symptoms, notably a loss of memory which lasted from November 1943 to June 1944, and which resisted all efforts at treatment. A second loss of memory began in February 1945 and has lasted till the present. This amnesic symptom will eventually clear when circumstances change.
3. At the moment he is not insane in the strict sense. His loss of memory will not entirely interfere with his comprehension of the proceedings, but it will interfere with his ability to make his defense and to understand details of the past which arise in evidence.
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