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Albert Speer by Gitta Sereny
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Mar 08, 2011

it was amazing
Read from January 21 to March 08, 2011

This fascinating book is more than a biography of Albert Speer. It explores his motivations and behavior; the author interviewed Speer extensively as well as many, many others including family that knew Speer. I'm glad I had read Albert Speer's memoir "Inside the Third Reich" first because it gave me a picture of how Speer viewed his participation in Nazi Germany. I was concerned that this book would be repetitive and the author does refer to his memoir but not too extensively; in some instances she points out discrepancies and/or omissions. After reading these two books I have a clearer understanding of how some people at least at the beginning could accept Hitler and the Nazis. Hitler emerges as more than the cardboard cutout person that I picture him as, although still an evil megalomaniac. Sereny ultimately answers the question regarding Speer's knowledge of the "Final Solution". 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".
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Lilo I am glad you mentioned that Hitler was a megalomaniac. Not everybody realizes this. As to the "Final Solution": I have no idea what Speer knw, or could have sensed or guessed. But I can testify to it that the general population in our area (20 miles north of Dachau) did NOT know. Thus, it can be assumed that the general population in the rest of Germany (with the exception of people living near death-camps, not ordinary concentration camps) did not know either. For more info, please go to "Readers of WWII" group and read my lengthy comments on this subject.

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