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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Because the Holocaust is at the heart of it–Speer’s guilt, his excuses, and his courage. 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 alberrt things I find unbelievable, as does, I am certain, Sereny, who says as much in the last full chapter, entitled “The Great Lie.
One of the best books I have ever read. The year-by-year record is gtta the book jumps between past and present, confusingly so at times.
For anyone interested in psychology, this is a must read. There was a speech at Posen, delivered by Himmler, which Speer may or may not have been present for he argues, of course, that he was there earlier in the day but NOT during Himmler’s speech – but even if he wasn’t present, surely he heard murmurings about things later.
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. The framework of what was to be her life’s work — the exploration of childhood trauma and the nature of evil — was in place.
At about a quarter into the book: She fought a year battle with the historian David Irving and was often targeted with fascist hate mail. She sensed in him an inexpressible sadness. Jun 22, Nigeyb rated it really liked it. She is in a better position than most to find the answer. Sereny attempts to explore the very notion of culpability.
Arete and natural law ethics, while no longer popular in philosophical faculties, have a pedigree going back to the ancients and the middle ages respectively. For zlbert of them, when humanity comes into conflict with what they see as their jobs, humanity falls.
She returned to Paris four months after the war ended, to join the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, working with orphans in a ravaged Europe.
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 Light. Seeing any recorded interviews that he gave to various TV news shows and documentaries are an attestation to his incredible charisma. The Secret Diariesa remarkably powerful expression of his prison existence.
Sereny tells about her job of reuniting displaced children with their parents after the War. Presumably most of those who countenance such behaviors do not do so with mind to the philosophical meaning of their acts. 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.
However, this is far from a heroic stand against a criminal action, and can be seen more as an attempt to evade responsibility. Sereny challenges him with tact and a depth of human understanding. There are virtually no footnotes a pity, given the value of the archiveand it is difficult to be clear from the text whether Speer is talking, Sereny is paraphrasing him, or a conversation or letter is being quoted.
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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 for his Nazi epeer.
Born and initially raised in Austria, she was the author of five books, including The Case of Mary Bell: Aside from seerny excess of armchair quarterbacking, this is excellent so far. He was not alone in this.
This was not least because, rather than denying the crimes of the regime, he accepted them, accepted society’s judgment of them as crime Albert Speer remains one of the most fascinating men involved in the National Socialist regime, not least because of the two excellent memoirs he published after his detainment in Spandau for war crimes.
I am sure it is not an easy life to be the daughter of one of the most powerful man of the Nazi regime, but she dealt with it in such an admirable way.
Now this enigma of a man is unveiled in a monumental biography by a writer who came to know Speer intim Spere Speer was not only Hitler’s architect wpeer armaments minister, but the Fuhrer’s closest friend–his “unhappy love. Log In Register for Online Access. When I felt myself feeling too much sympathy pseer Speer, I watched a holocaust film to remind myself of what was at stake. The ragbag of embittered veterans and political terrorists, shadows of Hitler himself, had little in common with the respectable and prosperous Speer, too young to have fought in the First World War, too fastidious and bourgeois for street-brawl politics.
Sereny was given access to Speer’s archive and provides details of the Spandau draft, that is the draft version of the Alberrt Diaries, quoting excerpts that did not make it in the final cut of Speer’s publication. By becoming Armaments Minister Speer entered into a new realm — a political one where his relationship to Hitler and his cronies changed dramatically. It is a little long 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.
I will re-read it soon. Read this and the two Antony Beevor books: