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Albert Speer was not only Hitler’s architect and armaments minister, but the Fuhrer’s closest friend–his “unhappy love.” Speer was one of the few defendants at. Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, The book was also later adapted by David Edgar as the play Albert Speer and directed by Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre in The book even. From Speer was the second most powerful man in the Reich and Hitler’s right-hand man. Gitta Sereny, through twelve years of research and through many.

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It was seen at the time as an enthusiastic, vital response to serey future of their country. He was only one man but a unique one in the Nazi hierarchy for his intelligence and incorruptibility, so far as his lifestyle was concerned.

Did he know of the mass murder of the Jews of Europe or didn’t he? She takes the reader through a history of the Third Reich in such detail that all of the principle characters are developed including Hitler.

It’s a pity this is not available as an e-book but I wanted to read it bad enough that I bought the paperback as a used copy. Despite her relentless psychological exploration of her subjects, she resisted all invitations to write her own autobiography, but in her late 70s gittta published a partial memoir in The German Trauma: Speer was sent to Spandau prison for twenty years along with 6 others.

He received an education in the field and began working in the profession. But her portrayal is a constant, unflagging challenge to Speer, and a challenge to which he consents. Paperbackpages.

And he also stated that he never held any antisemitic views; in comparison to the rabid antisemitism held by Hitler and his gihta, Speer’s antisemitism is quite muted, although he stated in a letter that he “really had no aversion to [Jews], or rather, no more than the slight discomfort all of us feel when sometimes in contact with them” p. After Nuremburg, Speer was sentenced to 20 years in Spandau Prison.

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Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth by Gitta Sereny

His wife and children do not escape Sereny’s questioning. Nobody is safe from evil. He was a flawed and insecure young man when Hitler took a liking to him. Sereny was born in ViennaAustria in In spite of her instinctive condemnation, Sereny is making a sincere effort to understand this complex man in depth, and succeeding to a large degree. Could there be a eereny subject on power, responsibility and guilt than someone who rose to the height of power and then was reduced to having only his past for company for twenty years in a prison cell?

But by the time I’d finished the book, my understanding of humans’ ability to lie to ourselves and each other was vastly enriched. He comes across as a greatly talented man, sophisticated, naive gutta some ways, with a gaping hole in his soul. Or rather, that’s not algert, I know the book was brilliant in both conception and execution; I’m still no closer to knowing what to make of Speer himself.

The Allied judges believed him, just. We are given searing and human portrayals of all the leading Nazis — Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann and many of their underlings and even their children. Fascinating in all sorts of ways, of course, but one aspect of this book that’s stayed with me is Sereny’s exploration of that grey area between knowing and not knowing.

The difference is that he seteny that trough, and I don’t I was concerned that this book would be repetitive and the author does seereny to his memoir but not too extensively; in some instances This fascinating book is more than a biography of Albert Speer.

But no one apparently played a role in the Shoah, at least according to most of the statements and memoirs pumped out by former Nazis. Gitta Sereny has created a biography plus.

Gitta Sereny

Much evidence was presented including a film made by the Nazis of an SS “Action Group” directing an entire family from grandparents to tots, all stripped naked, to run into a trench together to be machine gunned. Seeing any recorded interviews that he gave to serreny TV eereny shows and documentaries are an attestation to his incredible charisma.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A little funny Excellent! Lists with This Book. However, Sereny concludes that Speer must have known based on a letter he wrote to the Jewish community in South Africa after the warand the fact that his closest assistant attended the Wannsee Conference where the details of gigta genocide of the Jews were worked out who could not have failed to inform him about the proceedings.

Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth

From Faust to Shoeless Joe Jackson in the musical Damn Yankees when the devil seduces a person he makes the bargain clear. It is unlikely that anyone else will ever have access to so intimate and so frank a record. It was actually quite sad to read about Speer’s loveless childhood, in which neither his mother nor father particularly cared for him, and to see that he, although he didn’t wish it to be so, visited the same on his own children.

However, excerpts of Sereny’s conversations with Speer alone make this book worthwhile to read.

Into That Darkness also following an initial article for the Telegraph magazine was an examination of the guilt of Franz Stanglthe commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibor extermination camps.

Because the Holocaust is at the heart of it–Speer’s guilt, his excuses, and his courage. Here the issue is immediately relevant as so many are killed and otherwise ethically disabled by the policies of ‘my own’ govenment.

I’d recommend it to all WWII history buffs who do not hold the simplistic view of good versus evil.