Biography books Gitta Sereny obituary Writer and journalist known for her books on Mary Bell and members of the Third Reich, she strove to understand the nature of evil Gitta Sereny pursued her subjects indefatigably: the facts always mattered, but the goal was to reveal the motivation. She did it primarily through an extraordinarily intense process of research and writing about the twin themes of the evils of the Third Reich, on which she became a formidable expert, and of deeply troubled children, including the child-murderer Mary Bell. Gitta attributed her fascination with evil to her own experiences of Nazism as a child of central Europe in the early 20th century. Hers was not a happy childhood. She was born in Vienna, the daughter of a beautiful Austrian actress, whom she later described as "without moral opinions", and a wealthy Hungarian landowner.
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Page my book This was a man who knew more about that bane of our century, Hitler, than anyone else. This is a very powerful and probing biography of Albert Speer. Speer was an architect who became interested, as probably most Germans, in the Nazi party in the early s.
It was seen at the time as an enthusiastic, vital response to the future of their country. Somehow they saw the Nazi Party as positive; not noticing the anti-Semitic vitriol and all the other hates communism, democracy, Page my book This was a man who knew more about that bane of our century, Hitler, than anyone else.
It would be difficult to imagine using the same words for the leader of a democratic country. In his younger days Hitler had interests in architecture and was naturally drawn to the younger Speer. The author speculates that this may have been similar to a father-son relationship. The infatuation between the two continued until their deaths.
For Speer this lasted until he died in By becoming Armaments Minister Speer entered into a new realm — a political one where his relationship to Hitler and his cronies changed dramatically. Speer became highly effective in his new role — production of all armaments increased tremendously. To accomplish this he used millions of slave labourers from Nazi occupied Europe. Speer in charge of a vast munitions enterprise was an excellent manager and overcame red tape to increase production and distribution.
He thus, became directly responsible for prolonging the war. 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. Above all this book perceptively examines personalities — it scrutinizes their behaviour during different stages of their lives. Those surrounding Hitler were all drawn into a paradigm a world view from which they could not extricate themselves — at the center and key to this paradigm was Adolf Hitler.
We are given searing and human portrayals of all the leading Nazis — Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann and many of their underlings and even their children.
They functioned very effectively with disastrous results for all. Speer was convicted and sentenced at Nuremburg to twenty years imprisonment.
I feel he was lucky in this — he could have been executed like some of his peers. Speer often showed a unique ability to adapt and adjust — when he became Minister of Armaments — and then again at Nuremberg. He did show contrition and searched for redemption for the rest of his life. During his imprisonment he spoke to a left-wing theologian, Georges Casalis. Speer carried guilt about his role and more so about the Holocaust. He admitted his guilt in a general sense, but never specific.
For instance he blocked out a meeting at Posen in October of where Himmler gave a speech about the liquidation of the Jews. He continually denied seeing anything during his frequent visits to Eastern Europe where millions died. Somehow or other he blocked this out within himself. At times he could be extremely glib — but yet he changed, while many of his generation did not acknowledge their responsibility. This book is essential for an understanding of Nazi Germany.
We are provided with insight of this mysterious devotion that many had for Hitler. 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.
Page 10 What I felt neither the Nuremberg trial nor his books had really told us was how a man of such quality could become not immoral, not amoral but, somehow infinitely worse, morally extinguished.
Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth
Page my book This was a man who knew more about that bane of our century, Hitler, than anyone else. This is a very powerful and probing biography of Albert Speer. Speer was an architect who became interested, as probably most Germans, in the Nazi party in the early s. It was seen at the time as an enthusiastic, vital response to the future of their country. Somehow they saw the Nazi Party as positive; not noticing the anti-Semitic vitriol and all the other hates communism, democracy, Page my book This was a man who knew more about that bane of our century, Hitler, than anyone else.
Gitta Sereny obituary
Com Wolters, Speer desenvolveu uma amizade que durou por mais de 50 anos. Algumas semanas depois, Speer participou de outro desfile, desta vez liderado por Joseph Goebbels. Speer ficou perturbado com a facilidade que Goebbels tinha para levar a plateia ao estado de frenesi. Albert ficou decepcionado com a ideia e disse a Hanke que ele poderia fazer melhor. O projeto agradou a Hanke, e foi aprovado por Rudolf Hess.
Albert Speer: Sua Luta Com a Verdade
Biography[ edit ] Sereny was born in Vienna , Austria in After writing about the rally for a class assignment she was given Mein Kampf to read by her teacher so she might be able to understand what she saw there. After the Nazi takeover of Austria in , she moved to France , where she worked with orphans during the German occupation until she had to flee the country because of her connection to the French Resistance. Among her tasks was reuniting with their biological families children who had been kidnapped by the Nazis to be raised as " Aryans ".