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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Lo que nos cuenta. Presumably most of those who countenance such behaviors do not do so with mind to the philosophical meaning of their acts. Another interesting aspect of this book is the insight into Speer’s family, who have indeed suffered greatly through the deeds of this man.

Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth by Gitta Sereny

There’s also a critical review of Speer’s architecture; much of it overscale and ghastly but with a few successes such as the Cathedral of Spee. She returned to Paris four months after the war ended, to gita the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, working with orphans in a ravaged Europe.

And I’m very happy Igot the chance to not only buy it hardcover! Paperbackpages. The framework of what was to be her life’s work — the exploration of childhood trauma and the nature of evil — was in place.

The infatuation between the two continued until their deaths. 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, Sereny’s account gives the reader a much more real look at different circumstances in his life. Because an act of humanity, received by one person, makes it more likely that one person will be humane to someone else. I do not mean to say that Spandau Diaries is a fake, because it certainly isn’t, but at times it is quite obvious that it only just scrapes the surface of things rather than delving into them.

He was primarily an architect, interested in creation and not destruction this, at least, is believable. Above all this book perceptively examines personalities — it scrutinizes their behaviour during different stages of gitfa lives. As I state in the sefeny of this review, this book gives you all alert evidence and awaits your own judgement.


Only once in the whole book if I remember rightly does she expand the implications of the example of Speer to include all of us: Swreny to say about this book? Yes, there was the matter of anti-Semitism, but who could be concerned albett a small minority, said to not really be Germans, when so many were doing so well? Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s interesting, but this book is far better.

Didn’t he do well?

However, excerpts of Sereny’s conversations with 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. It has taken her 14 years — Speer died in — to get her material into book form. 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 the Jews, Poles, Romanis, Russians, political dissidents, etc.

This book is so profound serreny should be required reading for all present day, bankers, politicians, technocrats or those that seek the power to rule other people’s lives.

But he What an extraordinary book! There is the sense sspeer he knows he has to cooperate, that he knows his Spandau memoirs lacked crucial insight and rigor.

What would I not do for spewr and power? What an extraordinary book! 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 gitt information about Speer if you have read Inside the Third Reich and Spandau Diaries.

Then the stunner is that to a greater and lesser degree at different stages throughout his life, he recognizes this.

What did it mean to be part of the Nazi leadership? Certainly her work could have been more focused if better informed by theory, and thereby several hundred pages shorter.

Mar 19, Campbell rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

The cruel childhoods of both Hitler and Speer may have been what tied them so tightly together, as much as their architectural interests. Feb 17, Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it Shelves: Sereny was initially criticized in the British press and by the British government, though the book quickly became, and remains, a standard text for professionals working with problem children. It seemed to me it was some kind of victory that this man just this man weighed down by intolerable and unmanageable guilt, with the help of a Protestant chaplain, a Catholic monk and a Jewish rabbi, tried to become a different man.


He seemed to “watch out” for Hess, which was a little surprising, considering that Hess was a devout Nazi. He always said that he had an inkling, he knew something was wrong but he never brought himself to see with his own eyes. LOL But for what it’s worth it’s a great peice of history! Out of hundreds of hours of interviews, Sereny unravels the threads of Speer’s personality: Whatever one thinks of the “good Nazi,” Albert Speer, he is a very important historical figure.

Moreover, the Fuhrer enjoyed Speer’s company.

Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth

Perhaps 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. It is a credit to Speer that he was willing to be examined so closely by Sereny after his release and that he never tried to call it off, painful as it was from time to time.

However, this is far from a heroic stand against a criminal action, and can be seen more as an attempt to evade responsibility. And the book doesn’t answer this. 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He was a flawed and insecure young man when Hitler took a liking to him.

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 for this book, and what a marvelous book it is. Just like Speer, there are certain things she is incapable of thinking. And considering how, well, thoughtful Speer was, this seems strange.

It reads like a magazine interview. For Speer this lasted until he died in

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