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Inside The Third Reich

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Альберт Шпеер - личный архитектор Гитлера, в конце Второй мировой войны - министр вооружений и военной промышленности. Единственный обвиняемый на Нюрнбергском процессе, кто полностью признал свою вину за преступления Третьего рейха. Был приговорен к двадцати годам тюремного заключения и провел их в тюрьме Шпандау. В тюрьме написал две книги: "Воспоминания" и "Секретные дне ...more
Paperback, 832 pages
Published January 5th 1995 by Phoenix (first published 1969)
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This book is definitely essential reading if you have any kind of interest at all in either WWII, or the agency which individual people can have within a totalitarian system. Inside the Third Reich is a lengthy - in my edition, seven hundred pages, not including notes, bibliography or index - memoir written by Albert Speer, focusing on the years between 1933 and 1945 when he was Hitler's architect, his Minister of Arms and Munitions, and probably one of the closest things Hitler had to a friend. ...more
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in learning more about the holocaust, genocide scholars
Shelves: readandfinished
Amazing book! Goes into almost mindnumbing detail of the bureaucracy of Nazi Germany, so may not be for those with only a casual interest in Hitler, Nazism, or the Holocaust. However, the book provides an intriguing portrait of Hitler and, surprisingly enough, just as intriguing a portrait of Speer, a shiftshaping chameleon who, much like I and my friends, left college with no idea what to do with himself, had no real connections, and was having trouble finding a career, who seemingly stumbles i ...more
howl of minerva
Denn es gibt Dinge an denen man schuld ist, selbst wenn man sich entschuldigen könnte - einfach weil das Ausmaß der Verbrechen so übergroß ist, daß davor jede menschliche Entschuldigung zu einem Nichts verblaßt. (524)

For there are things of which one is guilty, even if one could excuse oneself, simply because the crime is so huge that every human exculpation pales before it.

Albert Speer was one charming motherfucking pig. He charmed his way to the top of his profession. He charmed his way into H
Erik Graff
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
When I was a boy most of us admired the Nazis for their aesthetic: the rallys, the marches, the uniforms, the insignia. My own admiration was somewhat qualified by the fact that Mom grew up under German occupation in Norway and Dad served in North Africa and Sicily. In any case, they were fascinating. The first grownup book I ever read was probably The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

Albert Speer, along with Hitler himself, a closet decorator, was substantially responsible for the much-admired
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came to this book via the Amazon TV show "The Man in the High Castle", which is itself based on a Philip K. Dick short story of a world where Germany and Japan won the second world war. Rufus Sewell is the actor who plays a high-ranking Nazi officer in the TV show. Sewell mentioned in an interview that his sympathetic portrayal of a gradually dehumanised officer is based on Albert Speer. Speer was Hitler's architect and rose through the ranks to become Armaments Minister. So I thought I should ...more
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I may have read Albert Speer's memoirs with a cynical eye but to me all I heard were the self centered and egotistical banterings of another one of Hitler's entourage.

Speer says multiple times that Hitler had a magnetice or magical hold over him but only once does he say that he should have looked deeper into who he was blindly following. The German people wisened up quicker that Speers. I think that Hitler rubbed Speer's ego so much that he never really cared about anything else. The whole book
In 1989, during my Peace Corps service, I came across the book "INSIDE THE THIRD REICH" quite by surprise and could not put it down. I read it for hours nonstop.

The story that Speer relates here of his life and career in the Third Reich, first as Hitler's architect, and later as the Minister for Armaments and War Production (1942-1945) is gripping and compelling. You get a real, tangible sense of what the people (e.g. Goering, Hess, Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann, etc.) were like who played key role
Colin Heaton
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my many years of interviewing some very high ranking members within the Third Reich, and having read this book many years ago, I know that Speer was not only aware of the Holocaust, he was quite instrumental in directing a large portion of the slave labor program. I have verification from such luminaries as Gen. Adolf Galland, SS-Lt.Gen. Karl Wolff, SS Brig.Gen. Otto Kumm, and Hitler Youth Leader Artur Axmann, etc.

What I do know was that Speer, while not a very willing participant, did try a
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fascinating
Fascinating memoir that provides a detailed account of the workings and personalities of the Nazi leadership. Speer's book really brings to life the people behind history's most infamous regime, yet the narrator himself remains at a distance, providing only occasional paragraphs of insight into his own thoughts. He comes across as determinedly apolitical - a laughable aspiration in light of the Nazi government's crimes - focused solely on technology, efficiency, and competence, with eventually s ...more
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Fabulous autobiography of Speer's life inside Hitler's Third Reich, written whilst serving his 20 yr prison sentence in Spandau Prison.
This book has been criticised by many, who accused Speer of having diluted the part he played in helping construct a Nazi empire and building an efficient War Machine when appointed by Hitler as Minister of Armaments of the Reich.
It is possible that Speer might have wanted to instill a better image of himself but it does not make the book any less insightful or S
Nick Black
Amazon 2008-08-31. So far as any member of the Reich was "admirable", it was Speer the architect-turned economic minister. I've heard good things about this.

Well Albert Speer certainly was a fantastic Minister of Armaments; good for him, because he'd have likely gone broke if his job were, say, taking an epic personal life and not turning it into 600 pages of scalp-curling tedium. It always seemed that Speer was this enigmatic, Alec Guinness-as-Col. Nicholson-on-the-River-Kwai figure: among but
Albert Speer's autobiography is an incredible portrait of the inner circle of Hitler's Nazi Germany, written by a brilliant, philosophical and insightful man. The recreation of how his career as an architect picking up some government commissions led to becoming arms minister of Germany, and the subsequent events is fascinating in the extreme. Perhaps even more fascinating is the way Speer reveals the various power struggles, intrigues, missteps, etc. of the inner circle of Nazi leadership and t ...more
Emily Peery
Oct 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
Shelves: non-fiction
A fascinating look into the workings of Hitler's regime--so frustrating to see how disorganized and easy to paralyze, if only one had the right information at the right time. It took a long time to get through, but worth it!
Am euphoric at completing this mammoth book, and my first memoir read. The book does exactly what it claims to do, although one would still be skeptical about Speer's knowledge of the Holocaust. One explanation I can think of in his favor, is that he was simply too bogged down with his own responsibilities and the extreme irrational attitude of the Reich, that when Hanke told him what he had seen at a concentration camp, he simply couldn't get himself befuddled more! Apart from this, there is no ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an avid reader of many books regarding World War 2, I really enjoyed this. It is a fascinating glimpse into the
day to day workings of the Nazi machine . Albert Speers perspective is refreshing as he was not strictly (in his own words) a nazi ideaologist,
whether this Is to be believed or not is up to the reader. But it is the juxtaposition of his apparent detachment from the regimes ideaology with a unique
access to the people involved that makes this book really interesting in comparison to
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-history
The history of the Third Reich is replete with unanswerable questions in addition to its unimaginable cruelty. However I found one question particularly perplexing after reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and Inside the Third Reich.

How could Hitler’s inner circle of top generals, aids and civilian administrators see Germany collapse about them and still continue to follow Hitler in his madness to the very end to their country’s and their own demise. Yes there was at least one attempt
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, nazis, ww2
I want to keep my distance from a work like this because although I feel Speer is mostly an honest narrator, his clear, somewhat banal account of the Third Reich, Hitler, and his own activities read like a generic memoir, somehow perverting the madness of the time—the destruction, inhuman cruelty, and the quest for absolute power. By giving us this account, Speer affirms that for the most part the atrocities of the the Third Reich were carried out by otherwise normal, almost boring men, like him ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Speer was an architect and a technocrat who was swept up with passion for his work to the point that he did not care about the monstrous evil he was participating in. He was a confidant of Hitler, but still could not really understand what was central to Hitler, saying that Hitler had no core, but was a pragmatic power seeking maniac, not in touch with reality.
Most of this book is taken up with the workaday tasks that Speer had to perform for the Reich, which included long hours, abandonment of
Brian T
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I acquired this book from my Father-In-Law's bookshelf after he died. "Pim" was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1928 and lived in Germany throughout the course of the war. He was conscripted at the end of the war, when Germany drafted all able-bodied males between 16 and 60 years of age. "Pim" died in 2012 so I was privileged to take a few of his books home with me. This was the first one that I read.

I don't know if I truly "buy" Speer's insistence that he didn't know what was going on at the exterm
David Bird
One hesitates to assign stars here. Speer's book is important, well-written, and offers a unique perspective.

Speer is, himself, a wily narrator who carefully chooses what to omit. Having read a number of books on Speer, I have to say that I am more of the opinion of van der Vat's The Good Nazi: The Life and Lies of Albert Speer than of Sereny's Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth. One doesn't want to believe that one could be charmed by a man who was responsible for what Speer clearly had done,
Richard Fulgham
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book but I found myself wondering if Herr Speer was really the hero he made himself out to be. Did he really single-handledly prevent the scorched-earth decree from Hitler from being carried out? Did he really face up to Hitler and say "the war is lost" and "you have no right to ask the German people to suffer because YOU lost the war"? We'll never know. But this much is sure, Herr Speer gave us a detailed look at the top level of Nazi government in both victory and in defeat. His ch ...more
A fascinating glimpse into the mind of Hitler's architect, who would eventually be responsible for prolonging the war far beyond what anyone predicted. Written while spending most of the rest of his life in prison for war crimes, he describes how he was drawn in, what it was like working with the leaders of the Nazi regime, and their downfall. It's not surprising that he tends to paint himself as more moral than most--yet at the same time he was the only one on trial who ever admited guilt or sh ...more
Yuriy Chulovskyy
Дуже потужна книжка від персонального архітектра Гітлера, рейхсміністра озброєння і боєприпасів.
Ця книжка - мемуари, написані під час 20-и річного ув'язення після Нюрнберзького процесу.
Надзвичайна цікава як з точки зору архітектури, планування виробництва, агітації, опису поведінки Гітлера і поведінки людей, які "тільки виконували накази" або вірили у те що говорила агітація.
Dick Edwards
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Speer gives us insight into the thinking of two people: (1) himself, and (2) Adolf Hitler.
(1) He is somewhat ashamed of not knowing more about what was going on. However, he doesn’t beat himself up much about it either. He merely says he should have known more about politics. He was enthralled by the magnetic personality of AH, but he was most interested in his own opportunity to build, based on AH’s confidence in him, and AH’s access to money to do the building. This desire and opportunity led
Andreas Schmidt
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sono un architetto. E sono anche ossessionato dalla 2° guerra mondiale. Albert Speer, l'architetto di Hitler, e suo unico amico, illustra la sua vita in queste memorie. Non c'è da illudersi comunque, bisogna ricordare che è uno dei più furbi bugiardi del processo di Norimberga (che purtuttavia non può essere considerato un "processo", per motivi che esulano da questo commento). Non bisogna lasciarsi ingannare dalle parole di Speer sul regime e ciò che ha fatto per esso. Ma non c'è da avere dubbi ...more
Nick Tramdack
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so Speer probably did know about the Holocaust. Still, this is an invaluable book for its details about the inner workings of the Third Reich. People interested in aesthetics and how they can be perverted for fascist causes should probably read it as well. And so should anyone who still believes that Nazis resembled the super-efficient super-rationalistic super-anal coming-down-on-the-stopwatch enlightenment-out-of-control-mwa-ha-ha Nazis so often stereotyped in Hollywood movies. Because t ...more
Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer
The MacMillan Company, 1970
Translated by Richard and Clara Winston
526 pages
Memoirs; History
4/5 stars

Source: Library

Summary: The memoirs of Hitler's chief architect, later Reich Armaments Minister, and the last Foreign Minister of the Reich.

Thoughts: I read this for class (we actually only had about 100 pages assigned but I ended up reading the whole thing so that I could count it as read). It moves fairly quickly and yet it does take a while to get through.

Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing account of Hitler and his inner circle during the twelve years of his reign. The face of evil is fully exposed by Hitler's architect and Armaments Leader.

Speer's command of the language is exquisite. His translator is to be commended.

All students of the Third Reich, the Holocaust, and the genesis of a dictatorship must read this impressive tome.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inside the Third Reich is a fascinating book about the leadership of the Nazi regime, written by Albert Speer, one of those self-same leaders. Speer seriously tries to look at himself with a jaded eye, and to not excuse himself for the crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis. In fact, at Nuremberg, he was one of the few of the leadership who did take responsibility.

However, he does not completely overcome his own fairly sizable ego. When he talks about how he had no interest in power, it
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Albert Speer, born Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer, was a German architect who was, for a part of World War II, Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich. Speer was Adolf Hitler's chief architect before assuming ministerial office. As "the Nazi who said sorry", he accepted responsibility at the Nuremberg trials and in his memoirs for crimes of the Nazi regime. His level of ...more
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“By no means would I describe Adolph Hitler as sexually normal in his relationships with women. In the case of Eva Braun in particular, it seems clear to me that aside from occasional passionate episodes there was no sexual activity at all for long periods of time. The effect of this on Hitler I do not know, but Eva Braun's misery was well-known at headquarters. During the long dry spells she was irritable, impatient and quick to anger. She smoked much more and was incessantly lighting one cigarette after another. By contrast, when once in a great while Hitler's more human feelings expressed themselves in a sudden cloudburst, her manner changed completely. Eva at such times was radiant, flushed with happiness. Her natural warmth and high spirits returned, and she seemed to sparkle again like the cheerful and spontaneous girl she once was.

Though it seems obscene to pity one individual human being with so many millions dead, I do believe that Eva Braun was the loneliest woman I ever knew.”
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