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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Necessarily they fail, but not without coming a great distance in that effort. Irving maintained a personal animosity for Sereny, whom he calls “that shriveled Nazi hunter “, for successfully refuting his claims since the publication of his book Hitler’s War.

Want to Read saving…. Inshe was embroiled in a controversy in the British press when her second book on Mary Bell, Cries Unheard [11] was published and she announced that she was sharing the publishing fee, from Macmillan Publishers, with Mary Bell for collaborating on the book. It is a tribute to Gitta Sereny that she unearthed so much vital psychological information from Speer and so many others before they passed on.

All of this colours my perceptions and how I interpreted this book – you are forewarned. Speer, on the other hand, grew up as part of an ethical community, and he reverted to it after the intoxications of power died. All individuals are complex and finally ineffable, but what unites Speer and Sereny is their commitment to try to give as full an accounting of him as possible.

They functioned very effectively with disastrous results for all. At the Berghof, Hitler had around him a small group of people and their families with whom he was relaxed and conversant daily.

LOL But for what it’s worth it’s a great peice of history! Reading this book, I was constantly back and forth with Wikipedia familiarizing myself with the many other characters discussed. He continually denied seeing anything during his frequent visits to Eastern Europe where millions died. You don’t sreeny what it was like,” and indeed she can’t.


Albert Speer

If those shirts you designed are selling like hotcakes you are hardly likely to think of investigating whether they are being made in sweatshops in a distant country where employees are committing suicide. Moreover, Sereny demonstrates that there is no real question of Speer being in complete ignorance of the mass exterminations in the Seerny.

Mar 24, William2 rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thought Sereny did an admirable job of walking a yitta 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 gitfa “confession” of complicity in the Holocaust. His Battle With Truth may be the finest biography I have ever read.

Albert Speer by Gitta Sereny | : Books

The book itself is over-flowing with information. He saw the conditions at a forced labour camp, which upset him greatly; surely he didn’t think that the Jews, who were blamed sper anything and everything, were faring any better in their camps.

Much of Speer’s “battle with truth” is Speer battling with himself, trying to make his past conform to albegt idealized version of himself that he held until his dying day. Trivia About Albert Speer: The Secret D Albert Speer, “Hitler’s architect” and the Minister of Armaments and War Production after his predecessor’s death gottais 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.

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

Informative, complex and wide-ranging historical work, Sereny researchs her subject well interviewing many of the key figures around the Nazi elite. This book explores the circumstances around Speer’s life and lets the reader judge whether such a denial is possible. Much evidence was presented including a sprer made by alebrt Nazis of an SS “Action Group” directing an entire family from grandparents to tots, all stripped naked, to run into a trench together to be machine gunned.


When I felt myself feeling too much sympathy with Speer, I watched a holocaust film to remind myself of what was at stake. She fought a year battle with the historian David Irving and was often targeted with fascist hate mail.

Didn’t he do well?

He did form friendship with religious men Catholic, Protestant, and yes, even Jewish and tried to become a better man. The infatuation between the two continued until their deaths. In the end, although few believe him, Speer states that he was never aware of what was happening xlbert eastern Europe gitta 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.

But, in the end, Speer could not face the complete truth and admit that, seer, he knew; he couldn’t bear facing THAT truth, and so he never did. Gitta Sereny was a journalist, biographer and historian. It’s a spiritual realm full of power and very real.

Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth by Gitta Sereny

And he will be in my novel in Spandau prison with Speer. It manages to be the most complete biography of a man who spent the last 15 years serdny his life talking and writing about himself.

I spedr like the parts where she interviews some of his contemporaries, it broadens the perspectives on both the man himself, the ideology and the ideas and minds of a lot of people of the era.

The failed experiment with democracy of the Weimar republic had given way to good times, the autobahnen representative of things to come offering jobs and income.

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