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  •  I read Speers' Inside the Third Reich (7+ / 0-)

    looking back on it, i seem to recall an odd tension between his dispassionate discussion of the technical manufacturing requirements he was responsible for and his somewhat blithe acceptance of his role in the commission of war crimes in the end...

    maybe i will have to go back and re-read it...

    it's a difficult subject and one i'm not overly fond of reading about.

    but, i did read the nuremberg interviews shortly after speeds' book...

    and the diary of anne frank as a teen.

    banality of evil indeed.

    awful deeds were done.

    i'm unfamiliar with gitta sereny.

    If you didn't care what happened to me, and I didn't care for you, we would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain, occasionally glancing up through the rain, wondering which of the buggers to blame, and watching for pigs on the wing. R. Waters

    by No Exit on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 08:23:08 PM PDT

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    •  Well, Gitta hits him hard with questions (5+ / 0-)

      and she often found him a bit glib, too.  But she was relentless.  She believes without his expertise at organization the war might have ended a year earlier.

      I watched a movie about Speer and it totally frightened me.  Speer was really the only one who could be called Hitler's friend, Gitta says.  

      That awestruck worship of Speer's makes you think what could happen to people...

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      by cfk on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 08:47:20 PM PDT

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      •  There was a lot of (3+ / 0-)
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        flattering of Speer's ego, in that he went from being just any architect to being the architect for the Reich.

        For all her relentless questions, I don't think Speer was ever quite able to admit his culpability.  It may be impossible to survive knowing that you're one of the worst people in the world.

        Speer never raised any questions about the Final Solution, but in the end, when Hitler ordered the destruction of German buildings, he did all he could to stop that from happening.

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