Edmund Forster

Edmund Forster

German neuropsychologist
Date of Birth: 03.09.1878
Country: Germany

  1. Biography of Edmund Forster
  2. A German Neuropsychologist
  3. The Gas Attack
  4. Treatment of Hysterical Patients
  5. The Miracle of Restoration
  6. The Consequences
  7. The Final Act

Biography of Edmund Forster

A German Neuropsychologist

Edmund Forster was an outstanding German neuropsychologist, military doctor, and fervent patriot. He unintentionally became known as the "man who created Hitler" due to his best intentions. In his efforts to correct this tragic mistake, Forster became one of the first victims of the Nazis.

The Gas Attack

On the morning of October 15, 1918, Adolf Hitler, then a messenger in the "List Regiment," was caught in a British gas attack on the Western Front. His injured comrades were sent for treatment to a well-equipped military hospital on the outskirts of Brussels, while Hitler embarked on a 600-mile journey by train to Pasewalk, near the Polish border. The loss of vision was not caused by the gas attack, but rather a self-induced psychosomatic condition. Despite having healthy eyes, Adolf was unable to see due to mental blockage. Soldiers with hysterical symptoms were not treated in regular hospital wards since 1917, as the authorities feared that the "psychological contagion" could weaken the army's morale. Consequently, Hitler was sent to a small clinic in Pasewalk.

Treatment of Hysterical Patients

After the first conversation with the patient, Forster was perplexed and unsure of how to proceed. He realized that Hitler, despite not being a coward or a pretender, genuinely desired to return to his comrades on the front. Hysterical patients at that time were typically treated with harsh methods, including painful electric shocks, complete isolation, or even attempted strangulation. Edmund, known for his sharpness in dealing with patients, often resorted to mockery and referred to them as "whining children" who deserved punishment. Surprisingly, this "cruel love" often led to healing and subsequent gratitude from the patients. However, with Hitler, Forster faced an extraordinary challenge as his goal was not the usual restoration of a sense of patriotic duty. Hitler longed to fight alongside his comrades, but his blindness prevented him from doing so, leading him to exhaustion and insomnia. By the end of October 1918, Forster developed a plan to restore Hitler's vision and asked to see him in the clinic.

The Miracle of Restoration

Carefully examining Adolf's eyes, Forster deceitfully declared that most gas poisoning victims never regain their sight. Then, in the darkness of his office, he told Hitler that perhaps he possessed a rare power that occurs only once in a millennium—a power possessed by Jesus, Muhammad, and saints. For a person with his symptoms, an ordinary individual would remain blind for the rest of their days. However, for someone with exceptional willpower and mental energy, there are no limitations. Such a person is not subject to scientific knowledge. Forster urged Hitler to fully believe in himself, assuring him that there was nothing impossible for him. On November 19, 1918, Hitler, now recovered from his blindness, was discharged from the hospital and sent back to his regiment in Munich. He sincerely believed that his recovery was a miracle, and he was convinced that providence called him to lead Germany to glory.

The Consequences

Forster cured Hitler's blindness but inadvertently created a monster with a developed "chosen one complex." In 1933, Hitler achieved absolute power in Germany, and that same summer, Edmund, by then a respected professor and head of the Neurological Hospital at Greifswald University, faced a painful and personal dilemma. As an outspoken anti-Nazi who despised Hitler, Forster felt deep guilt for his involuntary participation in the transformation of his former patient into the founder of the totalitarian dictatorship of the Third Reich. The psychiatrist believed that if the truth about Hitler's "hysterical blindness" in 1918 had been revealed, the dictator's days in power would have been numbered. However, if Edmund violated the Hippocratic oath, he would disgrace himself as a doctor and former officer.

The Final Act

In early July 1933, Forster finally took action. With the help of his younger brother Dirk, who worked at the embassy in Paris, he contacted a group of German emigrant journalists and writers, to whom he shared his clinical notes on Hitler's treatment. He also revealed the morphine addiction of Hermann Göring and his past treatment of Bernhard Rust, who turned out to be a psychopath. However, those who possessed such dangerous knowledge chose to remain silent. By the time the truth finally came to light, Forster had long been dead. Writers and journalists who had spoken to him were not surprised to learn that a few weeks after their meeting, Edmund "took his own life."

Whether it was murder, as Forster himself predicted, or the suicide of a noble man driven to despair by the realization that he inadvertently contributed to Hitler's "rebirth," believing in his own superhuman abilities, history does not disclose.