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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This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat And unfortunately, if I’m honest, my reply has to be negative the tasks Sdreny had confided to me, first in architecture, then in government, his ‘friendship,’ the passionate conviction he radiated, the power his favor conferred on me, all this was quite simply overwhelming and had become so indispensable to me that to hang on to it I would probably have swallowed anything.

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. I dip into it each year. Much of the material in this seeeny repeats material found in those volumes, but it is framed within the context of the ethical issues involved and the final years of Speer’s life.

Didn’t he do well?

Sereny wrote of her final book, The German Trauma To ask other readers questions about Albert Speerplease sign up. I’m still not sure. She fought a year battle with the historian David Irving and was often targeted with fascist alberg mail. I’d recommend it to all WWII history buffs who do not hold the simplistic view of good versus evil.

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. Never accommodating to her mother’s plans, she promptly absconded, first to London then to Paris. There’s also a critical review of Speer’s architecture; much of it overscale and ghastly but with a few successes such as the This book is a masterpiece of intellectual biography.

When she was thirteen, her train journey to a boarding school in the United Kingdom was delayed in Nuremberg where she attended dereny of the annual Nuremberg rallies.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sereny is a journalist by trade, and some aspects of her work will disappoint historians, although she does address issues such as the Historikerstreit and Daniel Goldhagen’s revelations about Speer.

Sereny tackles her subject whilst having the context of WWII ever present. I was born a generation after Speer but I fought in the Second World War, as a member of the RAF, and in its aftermath I was a part of the allied occupation forces stationed in Hamburg.

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Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth

The point in question here being “seems”, which is the subject matter of the whole book: This is a stunningly well researched, detailed and readable account of one of the key figures in Hitler’s Germany.

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. She was born in Vienna, the daughter of a beautiful Austrian actress, whom she later described as “without moral opin Gitta Sereny was a journalist, biographer and historian.

Historians, Students, War buffs, history teachers. It also constitutes a perceptive re-examination of the mysterious appeal of Adolf Hitler. I obviously refer For all of you out there who are fascinated by the mystery surrounding the character of Albert Speer, this is definitely the book to read. Why did so many like him follow Hitler into fascism?

The grim realities of Nazism, however, soon began to affect her life in Vienna where she was, by then, a drama student. The topic of this challenge is, as the subtitle states, Speer’s battle with truth. Or is that really just what Albert Speer wanted her to A very good book that delves deep into the psyche of one Albert Speer: What did it mean to be part of the Nazi leadership? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He knew little about the horrible conditions that the “foreign workers” were held under, even though his Cabinet oversaw the forced labour, which was used in war production these two things I find unbelievable, as does, I am certain, Sereny, who says as much in the last full chapter, entitled “The Great Lie. Perhaps this counts as a spoiler, but Sereny ends her book with this sentence: And what was this version of himself that he wanted to present to the world?

My great-grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles, their children, etc – entirely gone, and to this day, we do not know what happened to all of them exactly – all killed because they were Jewish, except for my great-grandfather, who was primarily killed and early – because he was a Communist although I am sure being Jewish, although a secular Jew, did him no favours.

As I argue in my review for the Spandau Diaries, Speer’s book is only what he and his editor wanted the readers to see, Alert account gives the reader a much more real look at different circumstances in his life.

After the Nazi takeover of Austria inshe spesr to Francewhere she worked with orphans during the German occupation until she had to flee the country because of her connection to the French Resistance. The parts of the book I found most interesting were the ones that dealt with Speer’s time in Spandau prison; how he got along or didn’t with his fellow prisoners.

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He impressed me deeply because, upon being fully apprised of the enormity of Hitler’s crimes in the weeks and months following V-E Day, Speer normally not a person given to introspection gitt displays of emotion accepted Germany’s guilt and sought to atone for that.

Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth by Gitta Sereny

She later described seeing a Jewish doctor she knew well being forced to clean pavements with a toothbrush; the terror became more personal after her mother, Margit, with whom Gitta had a poor relationship, became engaged to Ludwig von Mises, the Jewish economist. After reading these two books I have a clearer understanding of how some people at least at the beginning could accept Hitler and the Nazis.

This book explores the circumstances around Speer’s life and lets the reader judge whether such a denial is possible. Lo que nos cuenta.

Instead of just being a biography starting from Speer’s childhood up to his death init also contains a painstakingly detailed and documented account of the main episodes of WWII.

Mar 19, Campbell rated it it was amazing Shelves: I come closer to some understanding of how so many people could follow such an ideology and such a man as Hitler and how it could go so far and so horribly wrong.

Gitta Sereny – Wikipedia

And he will be in my novel in Spandau prison with Speer. The subject matter itself is difficult and painful. Many of the pages force you to stop and think.

Inshe was embroiled in a controversy in the British press when her second book on Mary Bell, Cries Unheard [11] was published and gittq announced that she was sharing the publishing fee, from Macmillan Publishers, with Mary Bell for collaborating on the book.

It is unlikely that anyone else will ever have access to so intimate and so frank a record. There was to be no correspondence with the outside, though this was circumvented early on by compliant people who smuggled letters in and out, unknowingly building a large collection of information serdny this book, and spee a marvelous book it is.

Many times Speer tells her, “You can’t understand. Sereny challenges him with tact and a depth of human understanding. All of this colours my perceptions and how I interpreted this book – you are forewarned. Hers was not fitta happy childhood. The Secret Diaries and proclaiming that, although he was a high-ranking official in the Nazi Party and admittedly one of Hitler’s closest acquaintances Hitler, according to many, never had “friends” in the traditional sense of the wordhe had no idea what was going on in eastern Europe.