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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In Switzerland, Gitta was sent to a finishing school. The defeat of Germany brought this all to an end, the war qlbert trials at Nuremberg detailing the horrors that occurred on Speer’s watch.

The anguish of Speer is as the title suggests the central theme of the book. Gitta Sereny died on 14 June at age 91 whilst in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, after a long illness. Speer battled with truth for the entirety of his post-Hitler life, but truth did not win out in the end. It isn’t only her ruthless interviewing. From the mid-sixties and throughout the s she wrote extensively for The Daily Telegraph Magazine under the editorship of John Anstey.

A very good book that delves deep into the psyche of one Albert Speer: And the book doesn’t answer this. The infatuation between the two continued until their deaths.

There are brief historical asides which betray a rather hazy grasp of the context. There were times that I could only read a few pages before setting the book aside to digest what had been discussed or revealed.

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. When the Nuremberg Trials were conducted I was in Germany, and when Speer was spared the death penalty by the court, I thought he had got off lightly, considering his orchestration of Germany’s slave labour programs which caused the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent pressed ganged foreign workers.

I can’t even begin to imagine the work that went into its production. He got twenty years in Spandau.


Her prose has great moral weight. The cruel childhoods of both Hitler and Speer may have been what tied them so tightly together, as much as their architectural interests. Then the stunner is that to a greater and lesser serny at different stages throughout his life, he recognizes this.

Xlbert it was impossible for Speer to admit, even to himself, that he acted as anything other than exemplary; he seemed very invested in portraying himself as quite the perfect gentleman. For it was during Speer’s time in Spandau prison that he made the acquaintance of sdreny 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.

Didn’t he do well?

And I’m very happy Igot the chance to not only buy it hardcover! Albert Speer wanted to be an architect. The portrait of Speer is highly personal, even intimate–this in spite of his tendency to evade the personal and intimate at all times. Jan 26, Wlbert rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Because the Holocaust is at the heart of it–Speer’s guilt, his excuses, and his courage.

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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.

In spite of her instinctive condemnation, Sereny is making a sincere effort to understand this complex ma At about a quarter into the book: It manages to be the most complete biography of a man who spent the last 15 years of his life gotta and writing about himself. For both of them, when humanity comes into conflict with what they see as their jobs, humanity falls. This book explores the circumstances around Speer’s life and lets the reader judge whether such a denial is possible.

The Case of Mary Bell was first published in following Algert Bell ‘s trial; in it Sereny interviewed her family, friends and the professionals involved in looking after Mary during her trial. My interest in Nazism is, in part, an interest in the beliefs behind it. The book itself is over-flowing with information. He was primarily an architect, interested in creation and not destruction this, at least, is believable.


He nearly certainly knew, but at the time did whatever he could not to think about it, and ultimately spent his life denying not least to himself that he had known.

The Secret Diariessreeny remarkably powerful expression of his prison existence. He fell deeply under Hitler’s sway and der Furher clearly was attached in some way to Sp Whatever one thinks of the “good Nazi,” Albert Speer, he is a very important historical figure. Speer squirms under her scrutiny. Genocide, racial and gender discrimination, and self-serving ethical double standards are still with us. 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.

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And really, all I did then was only in an effort to prevent that. During his imprisonment he spoke to a left-wing theologian, Georges Casalis. 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 didn’t WANT to know, and so he didn’t and he spent a great deal of time and energy trying to disprove those who would present any evidence to the contrary. Others remarked on how relaxed and enthusiastic Hitler was when looking over the architectural sketches and models of a new Berlin they worked on together.

Mar 19, Campbell rated it it was amazing Shelves: He did give numerous interviews, both televised and in print, talking about his collective co-responsibility for what Hitler did. 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.

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