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Erinnerungen by Albert Speer
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Of course the author's main interrest is self justification and most of the horrors of the Nazi era are simply omitted. However what can you expect of a man who deemed himself to be Hitler's closest friend, who praised the honor of men like Arthur Seyß-Inquart and who lauded the excellent conditions forced laborers had to experience in his defense industry. (The slaves agreed when he asked them whether they would prefer returning to a concentration camp instead)



Never the less, Speer gives a very personal outlook on the interactions, the jealousies and characteristics of the core Obersalzberg group. His discription of the private Hitler and of the things that went on in the bunker have shaped our image of who the leaders of the 3rd Reich really were and he certainly is a good stylist.



Sometimes he even is unwantedly funny, (for example when he describes mixing up Baron Thyssen with Diedrich Bonhöfer when meeting concentration camp survivors), sometimes of offers new insights on certain lesser known events and people, such as Prof. Porsche's miracle weapons or the very rituals of the Dönitz government.









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