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Spandau: The Secret Diaries by Albert Speer

Spandau: The Secret Diaries (1976)

by Albert Speer

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Like all the Germans, he knew. ( )
  4bonasa | May 19, 2017 |
How to change the public's perception of one's self as a ruthless Nazi: write tens of thousands of notes, slip them to relatives visiting one's self in prison, wait until most of one's fellow high ranking and therefore, knowledgeable, Nazis are deceased. Then publish results of tens of thousands of notes and explain that one didn't really mean to do all those terrible things.

However, in following this, heed the warning that journals should reflect the same conviction, instead of exposing one's real thoughts. That leads to the public believing that one is not such a pleasant fellow as one would want the world to believe. ( )
  MsMixte | Dec 22, 2012 |
WWII, History, Biography, Diary
  KennethCDecker | Mar 4, 2009 |
Spandau Nazi
  Budzul | Jun 1, 2008 |
I first read this as an 18 year old at university and found it compeltely absorbing and though it's well worth reading and undoubtably fascinating I must say that since reading Gitta Sereny's "Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth" (which I read many years after Speer's diaries) I can't help but harbour some doubts about the complete honesty of what Speer writes. Nevertheless, as an account of one mans imprisonment for 20 years it's undeniably interesting and well worth a read. ( )
  J.v.d.A. | Jun 28, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0026128101, Hardcover)

He served as Hitler's architect, the undisputed master of the German war machine, and the one responsible for conscripted foreign labor in the Third Reich. And, when Albert Speer was captured and sentenced at Nuremberg--after becoming the only defendant to plead guilty--he started keeping this secret diary, much of it on toilet paper. After 20 years of imprisonment, he found 25,000 of the smuggled pages waiting for him, and from those entries he shaped this deeply powerful document. "Albert Speer's book is a deeply moving document. It is also of extraordinary political and psychological interest...a must for anyone interested in psychological motivation of political action and the problem of guilt and repentance. But, beyond this it is so fascinatingly written that I could not put it down before I finished it." --Erich Fromm.

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These prison diaries of Hitler's chief architect and Minister of Armament and War Production couple a record of his 20 year incarceration in Spandau Prison along with Hess, Shirach, Doenitz, et al. with his recollections of the Third Reich.

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