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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She never accepts what Speer tells her as fact unless it is backed up by others and there gltta several times when she calls him out for not telling the truth. For the time ALOT more people should have tried!! The one question he always had to answer in hundreds of interviews he gave following his release from Spandau.
His Battle with Truth by Gitta Sereny. I was scared of that!! Speer often showed a unique ability to adapt and adjust — when he became Minister of Armaments — and then again at Nuremberg. Speer comes across as a complicated upper class German under the spell of Hitler’s forceful personality. I’d recommend it to all WWII history buffs who do not hold the simplistic albegt of good versus evil.
She had no problems putting Franz Stangl’s “alternative facts” to use a more modern term to examination, and I was expecting something similar here she was, I would argue, a bit “softer” on Speer, at least partially, I believe, gitt she developed a genuine fondness for the man. 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.
Albert Speer wanted to be an architect. Or is that really just what Albert Speer wanted her to believe? Because the Holocaust is at the heart of it–Speer’s guilt, his excuses, and his courage. Indeed, it is possible to construe this to be a coherent ethic, even disallowing much of its supposed ‘scientific’ justification.
His Battle with Alberf is a triumph. 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. Sereny writes of what she calls Speer’s “profound malaise with his own conscience … his battle with his soul … ambivalence between his moral necessity to confront the long-repressed guilt of his terrible knowledge of the murder of the Jews … and a desperate need to deny that knowledge and thus the guilt … this ambivalence dominated his life from Nurenberg until shortly serenny his death” These are precise I have read only the introduction, but I think this will be a very valuable resource for me.
Speer was one of the few defendants at the Nuremberg Trials to take responsibility for Nazi war crimes, even as he denied knowledge of the Holocaust. Nov 09, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: He did show contrition and searched for redemption for the rest of his life. I have read only the introduction, but I think this will be a very valuable resource for me. Speer is one of the more interesting Nazis in that he acknowledged the evil that he had perpetrated.
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 aalbert was hidden even from the Minister of Armaments and War Production. An immense amount of research went into this book. Page my book This was a man who knew more about that bane of our century, Hitler, than anyone else.
There are many object lessons in this book, but the biggest question it raises is one that must be solved: Return to Book Page.
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Thus was a promising young man caught up in a career that offered everything he dreamed of and in work that challenged his skill designing buildings that would reflect the glory of a nation he loved and under the direct supervision of a man who held absolute power over that nation.
As I state in the beginning of this review, this book gives you all the evidence and awaits your own judgement. It’s the same in Norwegian, so I actually need no explanation: Facts Speer was uncomfortable sharing about his childhood come to vivid life. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I obviously refer specifically to Speer’s involvement in the holocaust. Was he present during the speech which Himmler made and in which he addressed Speer, present or not, directly at the Posen conference inin which he unequivocally detailed the mechanics of the Final Solution, or had he as he maintains, with questionable alibis left for a meeting with Hitler?
Sereny is well equipped for this task, as a person of great empathy and thoughtfulness and as a German who lived through the Nazi years. As someone who has not a shred of organizational ability, i found the author’s attention to detail and execution of the book to be mind blowing.
Speer 16, Martin Empson rated it it was amazing. As an examination of his culpability, however, Sereny, as I already mentioned, allows her friendship with Speer to colour her perceptions at times, and she is quite kind and delicate with her approach to asking the “hard questions. View all 9 comments.