As a schoolgirl, Gitta Sereny was captivated by the theatrical spectacle of a Nuremberg Rally. Later, when the Nazis marched into Vienna, the spell was quickly broken when she saw an eminent Jewish doctor forced to scrub the pavement by Nazi thugs. The war years forged Sereny's lifelong fascination with Hitler's Germany and the indelible mark it made on the twentieth century. In this book of experiences and reflections she threads fragments of her own life into her larger quest to understand what it is 'that leads human beings so often and so readily to embrace violence and amorality'.
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06 September 2001
Beginnings; my friend, a heroine of France; stolen children; generation without a past; colloquy with a conscience; men who whitewash Hitler; the Hitler wave; fakes and hoaxes - the Hitler diaries; the great Globocnik hunt; private lives; the three sins of Syberberg; the truth is, I loved Hitler ; Leni; Kurt Waldheim's mental block; the man who said no ; Albert Speer; children of the Reich; the case of John Demjanjuk; a last witness to Hitler; final reflections.
Gitta Sereny had an enormous impact with her biography of Albert Speer, ALBERT SPEER: HIS BATTLE WITH THE TRUTH (1995: 37,000 hardbacks, 58,000 paperbacks) and her biography of Mary Bell, CRIES UNHEARD (1998: 18,000 hardbacks so far). She is also the author of INTO THAT DARKNESS (1972).