By Gitta Sereny
Albert Speer used to be not just Hitler's architect and armaments minister, however the Fuhrer's closest friend--his "unhappy love." Speer used to be one of many few defendants on the Nuremberg Trials to take accountability for Nazi struggle crimes, at the same time he denied wisdom of the Holocaust. Now this enigma of a guy is unveiled in a enormous biography via a author who got here to grasp Speer in detail in his ultimate years. Out of 1000s of hours of interviews, Sereny unravels the threads of Speer's character: the genius that made him vital to the German battle desktop, the judgment of right and wrong that drove him to repent, and the emotional wounds that made him prone to Hitler's deadly magnetism. learn as an within account of the 3rd Reich, or as a revelatory unsparing but compassionate learn of the human capability for evil, Albert Speer: His conflict with Truth is a triumph.
"Fascinating...Not just a significant addition to our wisdom of the 3rd Reich, yet a beautiful try to comprehend the character of excellent and evil."--Newsday
"More than a biography...It additionally constitutes a perceptive re-evaluation of the mysterious charm of Adolf Hitler."--San Francisco Chronicle
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Troubled children and the phenomenon of the Third Reich. my family and I were living in England, but I had spent a good deal of time working in Germany. s crimes, brought me in touch with many of the perpetrators as well as many victims of the Nazi horrors. s inner circle, almost all of whom brought up the subject of Speer. disloyalty? he had displayed at Nuremberg and in his writings and interviews since Spandau. s court and in the power games played there. s eye, on the fringes of my memory, that still, attentive figure I had observed in the Nuremberg dock in 1946.
That afternoon Hess, Schirach and Speer were handed brooms and mops and taken to the empty gymnasium. t quite think why, for the gallows had been dismantled and the floor had been washed. Nonetheless, they were told to clean and mop it again, watched closely by a GI and a lieutenant. Speer wrote about this in his book Spandau: The Secret Diaries, but when he recounted this story to me years later he had still not got over that particular trauma. His face went red, then pale, and when he almost furtively wiped it, his clean, folded handkerchief came away wet.
He replied, You ask . . about the Nazis. . You say how could an intelligent person go along with such a thing. I want to show you by specifically using myself as an example, how this might happen. Let me say the hardest bit first: unless one wants, cowardly, to avoid confronting the truth, one has to say that there can be no excuse; there is no justification. It is in that sense that I am convinced of my own guilt. There are things, you see, for which one has to carry the blame, even if purely factually one might find excuses: the immensity of the crime precludes any attempt at self-justification.
Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth by Gitta Sereny