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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Allbert always been fascinated by Albert Speer’s enigmatic persona – I absolutely love Spandau Diaries, but I feel that he’s ‘painting’ a portrayal of himself that I don’t quite buy in that book.

She sensed in him an inexpressible sadness. Her use of citations is limited to a few notes at the back of the book, which do not specify the precise paragraphs being sourced, and one must check back and forth to confirm. The section on Speer’s attendance in Posen’s conference is one of them. Though Hitler had made his malign plans clear in Mein Kampfhe was riding on a tide of popular enthusiasm, even ecstasy, over what he was doing in Germany prior to WW2.

Hitler emerges as more than the cardboard cutout person that I picture him as, although still an evil megalomaniac.

Didn’t he do well?

She never accepts what Speer tells her as fact unless it is backed up by others and there are several times when she calls him out for not telling the truth. You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here.


It would be difficult to imagine using the same words for the leader of a democratic country. This was not least because, rather than denying the crimes of the regime, he accepted them, accepted society’s judgment of them as crime Albert Speer remains one of the most fascinating men involved in the National Socialist regime, not least because of the two excellent memoirs he published after his detainment in Spandau for war crimes.

Moreover, the Fuhrer enjoyed Speer’s company. I wonder if anyone can ever make sense of a Hitler, or a Charles Manson.

Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth

In spite of her instinctive condemnation, Sereny is making a sincere effort to understand this complex ma At about alberrt quarter into the book: Jun 29, Tom rated it it was amazing Shelves: If those shirts you designed are selling like hotcakes you are hardly likely to think of investigating whether they are being made in sweatshops in a distant country where employees are committing suicide. It also constitutes a perceptive re-examination of the mysterious appeal of Adolf Hitler.

Somehow or other he blocked this out within himself. The Secret Diariesa remarkably powerful expression of his prison existence. gittta

Somehow managing to escape with his life after Nuremberg, he spent twenty years in relative solitude, serrny his memoirs which were published as Inside the Third Reich and Spandau: Books by Gitta Sereny. There is, I think, [for him] despair in all of this. He seemed to “watch out” for Hess, which was a little surprising, considering that Hess was a devout Nazi. For Speer this lasted until he died in Early in the gittaa, and throughout, I marveled at her ability to deal with Speer sympathetically without ever tipping over into rationalizing or excusing his actions, motives, and experience–which was both a counterweight to his rationalizations as well as, I think, what allowed him to stay with their inquiry all the way to the speed.


Jun 22, Nigeyb rated it really liked it.

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That is also, extremely interesting. So even though I felt I came to know Speer to some extent, that he became an intelligible, flawed human being, I could never get the contour of the spell Hitler cast over others. It is a little long I was scared of that!! This is a biography of S;eer Speer, architect to Hitler and government minister in the Third Reich, but it is a particular sort of biography.

From Faust to Shoeless Joe Jackson in the musical Damn Yankees when the devil seduces a person he makes the bargain clear.

It was in jail that Speer drafted the manuscripts that were to make him famous again in the Albrrt The question of “the Jews” haunts the entire book, but does not dominate it. This is a very powerful and probing biography of Albert Speer. I see it as a moral biography, set within a conversation between Speer and the author, Gitta Sereny, who came to know Speer in the final years of his life.

He served that entire time, entering at 41, exiting at It’s not necessary, perhaps, but I do wonder about it. His Battle with Truth For giving up his soul, the person is offered anything and everything immediately with the price to be paid only at the end of life.

Von Mises had left Austria for Switzerland, but a German friend tipped Margit off that the authorities planned to arrest her to oblige him to return. Her book on Stangl, Into That Darknessremains one of the best books on the Third Reich and established Gitta’s reputation as an authority on the history of the period.

Sereny was born in ViennaAustria in