I have just finished watching Breaking Bad (5 series, that's a lot of TV watching, phew!) in which a high school chemistry teacher evolves into a major drug selling criminal.
The show is built on the question, how does a person become bad? In an article on this series the writer Chuck Klosterman concluded that, in the world of Breaking Bad , "goodness and badness are simply complicated choices, no different than anything else."
Rudolf Höss is not a psychopath, we have the reports from a variety of psychologists to show this, as well as the testimony from his family and other witnesses. This means that he was responsible for the decisions that led to his actions. What is harder to fathom, are the thousands of choices that led him to become such a terrible person. This, I think, is one of the most intriguing aspects to this story. It is not so much the banality of evil as the complexity of evil. I also believe that this is what troubled Hanns, of course he didn't go anywhere near the depths of evil of Rudolf, but he did make a series of choices that took him down a difficult path, and perhaps the reason for his later isolation, was because he didn't want to put himself in situations where he would have to face similar choices.
Just wanted to share this thought with you.