Albert Speer : His Battle with Truth Paperback
by Gitta Sereny
Albert Speer was Hitler's architect before the Second World War.
Through Hitler's great trust in him and Speer's own genius for organisation he became, effectively from 1942 overlord of the entire war economy, making him the second most powerful man in the Third Reich.
Sentenced to twenty years imprisonment in Spandau Prison at the Nuremberg Trails, Speer attempted to progress from moral extinction to moral self-education.
How he came to terms with his own acts and failures to act and his real culpability in Nazi war crimes are the questions at the centre of this book.
The author had access to Speer, his family and friends and his private papers.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 784 pages, 24pp b&w photographs
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 09/08/1996
- Category: Architecture
- ISBN: 9780330346979
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Review by J.v.d.A.
Surely this massive book is the definitive work on Speer. Have to admire Sereny for writing this book, it would have been an enormous task - the scale of the job, she admits in her introduction, was almost too much for her.It's a very long read, exhaustively researched but quite accessible and well worth the read. Ultimately the story of a man understandably and deservedly dominated by guilt.
Review by BrianHostad
A fascinating insight into the 3rd Reich and how people actually viewed Hitler, through the experience of Albert Speer. The title says it all, in that he is a total engima. Someone who comes across as open, but always holding something back, especially on the crucial question of what he knew of the Holocaust. In the end it's clear that Sereny, through her extensive interviews which grew into a sort of friendship with Speer, believes he did know (albeit late into the war) but that it was something he could never admit to himself, let alone anyone else.His spiritual redemption starting in Spandau is also engimatic, although discussed frequently throughout the book, one never feels it was total and that Speer was never happy with himself through to the day he died.