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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The Third Reich, however, actively and openly promulgated this viewpoint and many of its theoreticians–philosophers, scientists and ideological pundits–appeared to be quite certain that their policies were right in a moral sense. There are virtually no footnotes a pity, given the value of the archiveand it is difficult to be clear from the text whether Speer is talking, Sereny is paraphrasing him, or a conversation or letter is being quoted.

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 sper war crimes.

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Page my book This was a man who knew more about that bane of our century, Hitler, than anyone else. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I obviously refer specifically to Speer’s involvement in the holocaust. By becoming Armaments Minister Speer entered into a new realm — a political one where his relationship to Hitler and his cronies changed dramatically.

Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth by Gitta Sereny

Jul 31, Olethros rated it really liked it. But her portrayal is a constant, unflagging challenge to Speer, and a challenge to which he consents.

She never accepts what Speer tells her as fact unless it is backed up by others and there are several times when she calls spesr out for not telling the truth. 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.

Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth

The grim realities of Nazism, however, soon began to affect her life in Vienna where she was, by then, a drama student. In the end, although few believe him, Speer states that he was never aware of what was happening in eastern Europe in his own words, he sleer WANT to know, and so he didn’t and he spent a great deal of time and energy trying to disprove pseer who would present any evidence to the contrary.


If you have an interest in WWII or National Socialism–especially the operational aspects of the war for Speer was head of war materiel toward the end–this is the book for you. The climates of their cultures are too different. During his imprisonment he spoke to a left-wing theologian, Georges Casalis. It reads like a magazine interview. I did not mind it, seeing that I also seem to be greatly infatuated by this man.

Alone among the defendants, Speer accepted personal vitta, denying that he knew of the extermination camps while admitting that he had directed the movement of captives to Germany to work in arms factories. Sep 11, Mikey B. Speer was convicted and sentenced at Nuremburg to twenty years imprisonment.

Seeing any recorded interviews that he gave to various TV news shows and documentaries are an attestation to his incredible charisma. For it was during Speer’s time in Spandau prison that he made the acquaintance of a young French chaplain, with whom he became especially close the chaplain served at Spandau for about 3 years and gave him the impetus to strive to become a different, better person.

This shocked Speer to the extent that it played on his mind to the end of his life. 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. Instead of just being a biography starting from Speer’s childhood up to his death init also contains aalbert painstakingly detailed and documented account of the main episodes of WWII.

She became friends with him and she liked him. She readily exposes Speer’s rationalizations and half-truths, his prevarications and denials in the most direct and meaningful way.

Several of the defendants were hung. It is a little long Never accommodating to her mother’s plans, she promptly absconded, first to London then to Paris. 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.

Gittq, of the author’s seeming sympathies for Speer – this book takes very deep and intriguing looking into how Albert Speer’s life and psyche led him to the role he was to play in the deeply criminal Nazi regime, then tries to xereny detective to see what role he did or didn’t play and how much he really knew about the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question. Since money and power can come gradually to a person, it is very easy to keep on keeping on without reappraising the situation.


But I am convinced that he was sincere in his pursuit to understand his guilt and prevent others from falling down the same rabbit hole.

Whatever one thinks of the “good Nazi,” Albert Speer, he is a very important historical figure. View all 5 comments. In a small way, compared to Speer, I contribute to this evil by my passivity and by spere lordly lifestyle.

However, excerpts of Sereny’s conversations giitta Speer alone make this book wor I’ve 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. Perhaps this counts as a spoiler, but Sereny ends her book with this sentence: At the Berghof, Hitler had around him gittta small group of people and their families with whom he was relaxed and conversant daily.

No one in Germany knew even though the Allies knew by what was happening in eastern Europe ; no soldiers knew; no one in the SS knew; no one in leadership knew. When, inSereny cross-checked the source he cited for his assertion that Hitler titta nothing about the Final Solutionand therefore could not have ordered it, she found he had excised a caveat which would have contradicted his claim. And what was this version of himself that he wanted to present to the world?

Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth

The topic of this challenge is, as the subtitle states, Speer’s battle with truth. I don’t see it as a fault of the book, but Hitler himself remains a cipher, a black hole, in my mind. I believe this is especially important at this time in history, because it looks like other countries including my own America, unfortunately are tipping closer to fascism in this modern era.

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. Albert Speer, “Hitler’s architect” and the Minister of Armaments and War Production after his predecessor’s death inis the only high-ranking Nazi official who accepted, really, any blame for the Third Reich’s systematic slaughter of albret Jews, Poles, Romanis, Russians, political dissidents, etc.

She returned to Paris four months after aobert war ended, to join the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, working with orphans in a ravaged Europe.