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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Speer battled with truth for the entirety of his post-Hitler life, but truth did not win out in the end. As Gitta Sereny’s fascinating book points out, Speer seemed a legitimate tortured soul post-Nuremburg.

I am sure it is not an easy life to be the daughter of one of the alhert powerful man of the Nazi regime, but she dealt with seeeny in such an admirable way. I’m still not sure. This book is so profound it should be required reading for all present day, bankers, politicians, technocrats or those that seek the power to rule other people’s lives.

Speer, with his regimented self-control, triumphed, even telephoning the author about how he did fairly well with his life, considering. The portrait of Speer is highly personal, even intimate–this in spite of his tendency to evade the personal and intimate at all times.

The parts of the book I found most interesting were the ones that dealt with Speer’s time in Spandau prison; how he got along or didn’t with his fellow prisoners. Moreover, the Fuhrer enjoyed Speer’s company.

After reading this book, my opinion hasn’t changed about Albert Speer except that perhaps more good came from sparing Speer’s life than if it had been taken. For Speer this lasted until he died in This is a stunningly well researched, detailed and readable account of one of the key figures in Hitler’s Germany. He denied knowledge of the death camps to his dying day.


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How can we be humane while dealing with large numbers of people? There was a speech at Posen, delivered by Alberh, which Speer may or may not have been present for he albfrt, 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. The infatuation between the two continued until their deaths. This book is a masterpiece of intellectual biography.

It is a tribute to Gitta Sereeny that she unearthed so much vital psychological information from Speer and so many others before they passed alberg. The truth is that I only woke up to what he was doing what he was when I had to acknowledge to myself that he intended to pull the German people down into perdition with him. You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here.

Speer carried guilt about his role and more so about the Holocaust. He continually denied seeing anything during his frequent visits to Eastern Europe where millions died.

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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. For all his organizational brilliance and intelligence, Speer could, at times, be arrogant, xpeer, and emotionally detached.

From the mid-sixties and throughout the s she wrote extensively for The Daily Telegraph Magazine under the editorship of John Anstey. However, I wish ssereny she would have pushed him a bit more with the tougher questions, which he often attempted rather successfully to sidestep.


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. Jan 08, Flyss Williams rated it it was amazing. Mar 24, William2 rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Despite her relentless psychological exploration of her subjects, she resisted all invitations to write her own autobiography, but in her late 70s she published a partial memoir in The German Trauma: And Speer’s reserved nature and penchant for becoming a workaholic distanced himself speet a bit from his children, who didn’t know how to relate to this virtual stranger.

Her use of citations is limited to a few notes at the back of the book, which do not specify the precise paragraphs being sourced, and one must check back and forth to confirm.

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

Page my book This was a man who knew more about that bane of our century, Hitler, than anyone else. They functioned very effectively with disastrous results for all.

Yet he was the only person who could consider himself as Hitler’s friend, and his Minister for Armaments from onwards. Gitta Sereny has albfrt a biography plus. That is also, extremely interesting. Sereny saw an opportunity to answer the Speer riddle: He fell deeply under Hitler’s sway and der Furher clearly was attached in some way to Speer.