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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Could there be a better subject on power, responsibility and guilt than someone who rose to the height of power and then was reduced to having only his past for company for twenty years in a prison cell?

It was sent to me in that Austrian prison, and I could not put it down. A little funny to read semantic discussions about German words and expressions, and at the same time all names of German places are in English. There’s also a critical review of Speer’s architecture; much of it overscale and ghastly but with a few successes such as the This book is a masterpiece of intellectual biography.

Albert Speer wanted to be an architect. 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.

Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth

The result is not a biography in any conventional sense. Since money and power can come gradually to a person, it is very easy to keep on keeping on without reappraising the situation.

It explores his motivations and behavior; the author interviewed Speer extensively as well as many, many others including family that knew Speer. Just like Speer, there are certain things she is incapable of thinking.

The book is huge – pages of text, not including picture inserts and the author’s notes in the back – and it’s dense. There were times that I could only read a few pages before setting the book aside to digest what had been discussed or revealed.


As Gitta Sereny’s fascinating book points out, Speer seemed a legitimate spwer soul post-Nuremburg. It is these conversations that show us Speer as a person, the way Sereny sees it and not the way Speer himself paints it. Gitta, eventually, was also obliged to flee, first across the Pyrenees to Spain, then to the US. He can know no repose in this life, only the final release of death.

Richard Overy reviews ‘Albert Speer’ by Gitta Sereny · LRB 21 September

For all his organizational sleer and intelligence, Speer could, at times, be arrogant, abrupt, and emotionally detached. How can an intelligent and mild personality end up being spiritually or psychologically subjugated by a person like nutty Hitler? But has a bio mixed into it. The Secret Diariesa remarkably powerful expression of his prison existence.

Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth by Gitta Sereny

I was scared of that!! The poster of Che Guevara on a red background [8] is one of his best known creations. 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.

I will re-read it soon. Willem Visser ‘t Hooft’s quote at the beginning of the book is excellent – “It is possible to live in a twilight between knowing and now knowing”.

Despite the grim nature of her subjects, Gitta was a warm and generous friend with a ready sense of humour, and she and Honeyman entertained frequently at their home in Chelsea, London.

Clearly, the Nazi and Fascist movements, as well as much of modern conservatism and contemporary politics, demonstrate that those kinds of thinking are still relevant today. This was a strength of tribal life. The topic of this challenge is, as the subtitle states, Speer’s battle with truth. Retrieved from ” https: Out of hundreds of hours of interviews, Sereny unravels the threads of Speer’s personality: There is no doubt of Speer’s direct involvement in the massive use of slave labor in the German war effort, and he is shown to have witnessed, more than once, the conditions under which these slaves worked.

Published October 29th by Vintage first published September 19th When presented with evidence to the contrary, then everyone was “just following wereny. He cared about them, in his own way, but he just couldn’t quite convey that to them, leading to the complete emotional estrangement from his children. I’m glad I did. It is unlikely that anyone else will ever have access to so intimate and so frank a record.


In his younger days Hitler had interests in architecture and was naturally drawn to the younger Speer. She takes the reader through a history of the Third Reich in such detail that all of the principle characters are developed including Hitler.

His wife, Margret, whom he married when they were both young and with whom he had six children, stuck by him through everything – but there was a huge block between them, almost feeling as if they were two strangers.

The author spent months interviewing Speer and many who knew him throughout his life — his wife, secretaries, fellow architects and theologians such as George Casalis. The author speculates that this may have been similar to a father-son relationship. He continually albeet seeing anything during his frequent visits to Eastern Europe where millions died. Nov 09, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: But he was the only one at Nuremburg who accepted responsibility.

Von Mises had left Austria for Switzerland, but a German friend tipped Margit off that the authorities planned to arrest her to oblige him to return. This is encouraged by society. Speed story of one of Hitler’s right hand men, Albert Speer who vitta a death sentence at Nuremburg after the war but was to serve 20 years in Spandau prison for his alleged war crimes.

His period of ascendency in the Third Reich is given much fuller treatment, including a fascinating time when Goebbels and Hitler appeared to be grooming him for succession as Fuehrer.

For it was during Speer’s time in Spandau prison that he made the acquaintance of a 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.

Apr 08, Evan rated it really liked it.