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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During his imprisonment he spoke to a left-wing theologian, Georges Casalis. View all 5 comments. This book does a wonderful job in framing Speer’s two other books in terms of his own moral questioning, but it doesn’t give much more factual information about Speer if you have read Inside the Third Reich and Spandau Diaries. That is one thing Sereny does not do, as there is a deep analysis of most of Speer’s main episodes in life.

Retrieved 18 June Those surrounding Hitler were all drawn into a paradigm a world view from which they could not extricate themselves — at the center and key to this paradigm was Adolf Hitler. Facts Speer was uncomfortable sharing about his childhood come to vivid life. He was noted for the quality of what he did and for the speed with which he did it.

He was not hanged.

Lists with This Book. Few books are as good as Gitta Sereny’s thoughtful and brilliant analysis of a man who albeft Faust bargained with the devil and in the process lost his soul.

Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth by Gitta Sereny

They were in a real sense his own tribe, deeply committed to National Socialism, a tribe within which there was a feeling of community while at a distance a world burned and millions perished at his command. Irving maintained a personal animosity for Sereny, whom he calls “that shriveled Nazi hunter “, for successfully refuting his claims since the publication of his book Hitler’s War. Hitler should be blamed for the Holocaust, Speer seems to argue, and not the German people, who were by and large not privy to the truth which was hidden even from the Minister of Armaments and War Production.

And the children and Margret are the ones I feel sorry for most in this book besides, of course, the innocent victims of Hitler, but I mean on a personal level. She became friends with him and she liked him. Of all Extraordinary story of one of Hitler’s right hand men, Albert Speer who avoided a death sentence at Nuremburg after the war but was to serve 20 years in Spandau prison for his alleged war crimes.


I’m glad I did. At times he could be extremely glib — but yet he changed, while many of his generation did not acknowledge their responsibility. Only once in the whole book if I remember rightly does she expand the implications of the example of Speer to include all gitfa us: As for Speer, I have no doubt that he knew, at least partially, what was happening in the east.

It’s a spiritual realm full of power and very real. British Holocaust denier David Irving initiated a libel case against Sereny and the Guardian Media Group for two reviews in The Observer where she asserted he deliberately falsified the historical record in an attempt to rehabilitate the Nazis.

Page 10 What I felt neither the Nuremberg trial nor his books had really told us was how a man of such quality could become not immoral, not amoral but, somehow infinitely worse, morally extinguished. Speer is one of the more interesting Nazis in that he acknowledged the evil that he had perpetrated.

He cared about them, in his own way, but he just couldn’t quite convey that to them, leading to the complete emotional estrangement from his children. Archived from the original on 16 June The grim realities of Nazism, however, soon began to affect her life in Vienna where she was, by then, a drama student.

She’s an excellent writer and very perceptive. View all 7 comments. These articles were often about young people, the social services, children and their relationships with their parents and society.

And he also stated that he never held any antisemitic views; in comparison to the rabid antisemitism held by Hitler and his followers, 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.

Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth

Here the issue is immediately relevant as so many are killed and otherwise ethically disabled by the policies of ‘my own’ govenment. Thus Speer’s activities are seen against seeeny backdrop of Hitler’s rise to power, the onset of WWII and its duration, followed by the destruction and punishment in eereny end. Or rather, that’s not true, I know the book was brilliant in both conception and execution; I’m still no closer to knowing what to make of Speer himself. LOL But for what it’s worth it’s a great peice of history!


Since money and power can come gradually to a person, it is very easy to keep on keeping on without reappraising the situation.

Sper in the course of her seeny as a journalist in the late Seventies their paths crossed, she began a series of conversations with Speer which lasted three years. The book is not up to the research standards of a scholarly monograph, but it remains aereny useful account of a fascinating subject.

Nobody is safe epeer evil. She sensed in him an inexpressible sadness. Sereny does a marvellous job of shining light into the darkest corners, methodically and insightfully peeling back the layers of meaning in a search for Truth. High praise was coming in from other countries. In it, Sereny explores how much Speer knew about the Holocaust. Read this and the two Antony Beevor books: The book is huge – pages of text, not including picture inserts and the author’s notes in the albrt – and it’s dense.

Accomplishing things, winning praise for work well done by the boss and moving up in responsibility with the accompanying satisfaction and pride is something familiar to most people. At the Berghof, Hitler had around him a small group of people and their families with whom he was relaxed and conversant daily. I never dreamed I’d find a nazi to be a sympathetic figure but I This is a long haul, but I couldn’t put it down.

One thing the author especially has in common with Speer. Ultimately Hitler made Speer his minister of armaments, a job that Speer did to Hitler’s satisfaction, no easy accomplishment.

Don’t expect a fast read: Page my book This was a man who knew more about that bane of our century, Hitler, than anyone else.

I wonder if anyone can ever make sense of a Hitler, or a Charles Manson. Gitta Sereny has created a biography plus. He thus, became directly responsible for prolonging the war. I was never much of a student of WWII so a lot of the material was new to me which made this all that much more interesting.