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eBook The good Nazi: The life and lies of Albert Speer download ISBN: 0297817213
Author: Dan Van der Vat
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1997)
Language: English
Pages: 406
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Van der Vat is, thankfully, immune to Speer's charms, even after having interviewed the Nazi in 1976. Van Der Vat presents a credible brief against Albert Speer and his (ignorance but remorse) defense at Nüremberg 1945-46. Did Speer know about régime crimes? Probably.

Van der Vat is, thankfully, immune to Speer's charms, even after having interviewed the Nazi in 1976. Beginning with a serious study of Speer as architect, van der Vat proceeds to examine his role as minister of armaments. In that capacity, Speer was personaly responsible for the evacuation of 75,000 German Jews as forced labor. Also important is that Speer now emerges as partially responsible-along with Goebbels-for the & of the Reich.

Daniel Francis Jeroen van der Vat (28 October 1939 – 9 May 2019) was an journalist, writer and military historian, with a focus on naval history. The Good Nazi: The Life and Lies of Albert Speer. Born in Alkmaar, North Holland, Van der Vat grew up in the Nazi-German occupied Netherlands. He attended the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London, and then was a student at St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University from 1957 to 1960, graduating with a BA in Classics  . George Weidenfeld & Nicolson. van der Vat, Dan (1998). Atlantic Campaign: World War II's Great Struggle at Sea (.

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Van der Vat, Dan; Speer, Albert, 1905-1981; Mazal Holocaust Collection. Biography of Nazi leader Albert Speer who served Hitler as a minister of wartime production, looking at Speer's knowledge of Holocaust activities, discussing his personal role in the exploitation of slave labor, and questioning his denial of war crimes. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Lotu Tii on August 18, 2014. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

In this hard-hitting biography, Dan van der Vat reveals Speer as a sham and an opportunist, a "good Nazi" of another sort: a dedicated party servant who, promoted from his role as Hitler's architect to minister of wartime production, also became the Nazis' principal exploiter of forced labor. The first biography to be written free of Speer's personal influence, this is the fullest, most incriminating portrait yet of a ruthless, masterly actor who deceived the world in the role of a lifetime.

Van der Vat's book does something no other book on Speer seems to have done. With that background, you will better appreciate The Good Nazi. The author gives a very good overview of the work of Speer during the period of 1930-1945. It really leaves no doubt what many suspected for the past 50 sum-odd years: that Speer knew very well what was happening to the Jews in Germany and the occupied territories, and why. The last sentence of the book is quite powerful and will change your opinion of Speer if you had thought of him until now as "the repentant Nazi". There were some detractors, though.

Albert Speer joined the inner Nazi circle in 19333 and was appointed Minister for Armaments in 1942.

Dan Van Der Vat, The Good Nazi: The Life and Lies of Albert Speer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997. Articles: Letter Proves Speer Knew of Holocaust Plan, By Kate Connolly, The Guardian, March 12, 2007. Wartime Reports Debunk Speer as the Good Nazi, By Kate Connolly, The Guardian, May 11, 2005. h 14/Vol CIV 51 01 03.

Historian Dan van der Vat believes that the coldness in his childhood background trained him for his emotional . Struggle" ("Hitler" The World Book Encyclopedia 266). The Good Nazi- The Life and Lies of Albert Speer.

Historian Dan van der Vat believes that the coldness in his childhood background trained him for his emotional indifference and lack of empathy. After graduating as an architect in 1927 at the Technical University of Berlin, Speer began to work as Professor Tessenow’s assistant. Speer was quite an apolitical but was persuaded to attend a Nazi rally where Hitler would be talking. Once freed, he started the Nazi party again. Albert Speer: Apolitical Technocrat Or Skilled Manipulator?. Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 1997.

Van Der Vat merely confirms Speer's indifference to the fate of the Jews. The November 1938 pogrom had no impact on him. Speer brushed up against the Final Solution sufficiently often to render his denial of knowledge incredible; but he just didn't care. Van Der Vat's central charge is that Speer was personally instrumental in evicting 75,000 Berlin Jews in 1941-42, thus ensuring their doom. He knew this was a crime and struggled to cover it up, arranging for the chronicle of his ministry to be "sanitised".

THE GOOD NAZI is therefore the first truly independent biography of the ablest, most articulate and most ambiguous of Hitler's ministers. It reassesses his life, and provides evidence that Speer knew more about the fate of the Jews than he would later admit.
Comments: (7)
This particular biography of Albert Speer provides some added insights that previous ones have omitted. The decision to fell the labor ranks with women (as the war turned against the Third Reich) showed that Speer had to fight to change the upper-echelon anti-feminist bias--the traditional "Kueche, Kinder, und Kirche" mentality--to the increasingly desperate need to fully mobilize the wartime economy. Also, this is the first biography where it is revealed that Speer had, like Goering, been able to conceal potassium cyanide while on trial at Nuremberg. Very well-researched work that is easy to read and absorb.
Van Der Vat presents a credible brief against Albert Speer and his (ignorance but remorse) defense at Nüremberg 1945-46. Did Speer know about régime crimes? Probably. Was Speer guilty? Probably. DId he deserve the death penalty? Probably. Those are questions raised by this work.

Speer was convicted, served 20 years, and was released in 1966. During imprisonment he wrote his memoir, published it as `Inside the Third Reich' in 1970, and became a best-selling celebrity -who subsequently published more books and made public appearances.

Though as much a polemic as a history, this is an interesting work. The author was unfortunate in subject access and timing: two years earlier (1995) Gitta Sereny published "Albert Speer: His Battle with the Truth" and confessed Speer as surely as anyone could.

Nonetheless, to those interested in Speer, this is still well worth reading (Sereny and Joachim Fest's 2001 `Speer: The Final Verdict' merit more attention).
Excellent review of Albert Speer's place in Nazi Germany
Albert Speer almost certainly deserved to hang at Nuremberg in 1946. Previous biographies, even those marginally sympathetic to Speer clearly illustrate his guilt and complicity in the Holocaust. Despite his best efforts to shrug of his role in the relocation of Berlin Jews during his remodeling of the city, and despite his tireless campaign to deny being at Himmler's infamous Posen speech in October, 1943, Speer's life has never been truly exculpated in the eyes of history.

Dan van der Vat's biography, "The Good Nazi: The Life and Lives of Albert Speer" adds nothing really new to the debate. Van der Vat's desire to condemn Speer once and for all, his desire to show that Speer was good at being a Nazi, simply doesn't live up to the author's bluster, and consequently the work comes across as largely vindictive and weak.

Gitta Sereny's work, "Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth", remains the standard biography on the subject, despite van der Vat's claim that Speer's direct involvement somehow tainted her efforts. If you're a Speer completest, then this work is worth reading. New students of Speer should seek out Sereny's work first.
If you are interested in the history of the Third Reich and its most enigmatic paladin, Albert Speer, this very well-written biography is a must. But it is by no means the only biography you should read because it can not be held objective. Van der Vat has written a detailed attack on Speer's veracity, sincerity, honesty and most other aspects of his personality. Having read several other biographies of Speer, including those of Sereny and Schmidt, I come to the conclusion that Van der Vat has diligently culled the evidence to buttress a conclusion that is part right but certainly in part, harshly wrong. Speer was deeply involved in very bad things of course but this author heavily relies on the views of Speer's closest friend and post-conviction ally, Dr. Rudolf Wolters, whom he lauds, a man who continued to defend Hitler, the Third Reich and what it stood for until the end of his days and impresses me as infinitely inferior morally to Speer. This book is well worth reading indeed but it has an agenda that fell quite short of fully convincing me especially having my also read Speer's three books and being old enough to have viewed his several lengthy televised interviews after release.