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

Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth by Gitta Sereny

The question of “the Jews” haunts the entire book, but does not dominate it. Margit promptly fled to Switzerland with her daughter. She is in a better position than most to find the answer.

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.

An immense amount of research went into this book. And he will be in my novel seerny Spandau prison with Speer.

This is a fabulous book by any standard and I can see this appealing to a wide range of people.

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This i I thought Sereny did an admirable job of walking a very careful line between creating a complex, human portrait of Speer, as opposed to a one-dimensional image of an evil war criminal, and yet not letting him off the hook regarding his own “general” but less than forthcoming “confession” of complicity in the Holocaust.

Why did this man – who was from a well-to-do family although he had a bitterly unhappy, unloving childhood and well-educated and, by all accounts, well-spoken and intelligent – fall in with Hitler?


Dec 19, Clif rated it it was amazing. Sereny is well equipped for this task, as a person of great empathy and thoughtfulness and as a,bert German who lived through the Nazi years. It seems unlikely that he was as ignorant as he always claimed and yet, doubt remains. 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.

I do not mean to say that Spandau Diaries gjtta 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.

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This was a strength of tribal life. And Speer’s reserved nature and penchant for becoming a workaholic distanced himself quite a bit from his children, who didn’t know how to relate to serenyy virtual stranger.

Refresh and try again. Read this and the two Antony Beevor books: To accomplish this he used millions of slave labourers from Nazi occupied Europe. In spite of her instinctive condemnation, Sereny is making a sincere effort to understand this complex ma At about a gittta into the book: The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books.

For all of you speee there who are fascinated by the mystery surrounding the character of Albert Speer, this is definitely the book to read.

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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. It is a fact that this book will not provide you with answers, it will give you a lot of details, based on a,bert documentary evidence, and you will have to reach your own conclusion.


He saw the conditions at a forced labour camp, which upset him greatly; surely he didn’t think that the Jews, who were blamed for anything and everything, were faring any better in their camps.

He was a man not known for conversation, not a people person, not one given to showing emotion or revealing his thoughts even to his family. The result is not a biography in serent conventional sense.

It hurt her to do it, and she was glad when the program was ended, but she did it because it was her job. Speer often showed a unique ability to adapt and adjust — when he became Minister of Armaments — and then again at Nuremberg. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The defeat of Germany brought this all to an end, the war crimes trials at Nuremberg detailing the horrors that occurred on Speer’s watch.

His period of ascendency in the Third Speef is given much fuller treatment, including a fascinating time when Goebbels and Hitler appeared to be grooming him for succession as Fuehrer. Bill Clinton was sorry that he did nothing as president to stop the slaughter in Rwanda. After finishing the book, I am not sure if Speer redeemed himself, through his memoirs, twenty -year incarceration at Spandu or his spiritual search to find the right path in later life to atone pseer his Nazi past.