Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, Into That Darkness (also following an initial article for the Telegraph. Into That Darkness has ratings and reviews. Orsodimondo said: LA ROUTINE DEL MALE E LA MANCANZA D’IMMAGINAZIONE Naturalmente. Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka (the largest of the five Nazi extermination camps), this book bares the soul.

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The last day, he finally broke down for a few seconds and allowed himself, darknews Sereny put it, “to become the man he could have been. The extreme The most fascinating account of a twisted conscience I’ve ever read.

The framework of what was to be her life’s work — the exploration of childhood trauma and the nature of evil — was in place. He found a wonderful wife whom he adored, left politics alone, until he couldn’t. And they were only used until their “purpose” was achieved. He was handpicked to work in the Tiergartenstrasse 4 division. Start reading Into That Darkness: Her father, Hhat, died when she was a child; her elder brother left home at 18 and disappeared from her life; Gitta herself was sent to Stonar House boarding school in Sandwich, Kent, an experience she remembered with some affection.

The rest of the day was spent disposing of the bodies – first in lime pits, then in great metal racks called “the roasts” where the bodies were burned.

In interviewing Franz Stangl, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the co-responsibility in the murder ofpeople while Kommandent of the Treblinka death camp, Gitta Sereny asked him about his signing a paper certifying that he was prepared to give up his religion. This thqt have swayed too far in favour of its subject, or read as an excoriation of him from daekness pulpit, but what Sereny manages is much finer and more difficult and exquisitely balanced.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Hopefully these passages will give you just a glimpse of myriad accounts gathered through Sereny’s persistent research and access to survivors, witnesses and prisoners alike.


The most fascinating account of a twisted conscience I’ve ever read. Albert Speer – His Battle with the Truth. He hasn’t been tgat by Nazi bile, he’s irritable rather than evil; he’s essentially a man of modest ambition who respects or is cowed by authority.

For a swedish review, look further down! Again to hide the true purpose of the camp and this wasn’t only as a “nice” partthe wire fences were covered by tree branches and other greenery that made them look like hedges rather than fences.

When the Germans arrived he was on a Gestapo hitlist for his part in the arrest of an influential Austrian Nazi. When she was thirteen, her train journey to a boarding school in the United Kingdom was delayed in Nuremberg where she attended one of the annual Nuremberg rallies.

Share your thoughts with other customers. And that is a huge accomplishment, because it isn’t easy to understand what motivated a man like Stangl, what kept him loyal to and even proud of his “work,” and how he and his family Gitta Sereny is perhaps the most thorough, meticulous interviewer I’ve ever read. I came to the conclusion that it’s the psychology of what leads a country towards genocide and the mentality that enables individuals to carry out such terrible crimes against humanity.

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My only issue with the book is that Sereny tries a bit too hard to footnote and over explain every detail that arises. Sereny was initially criticized in the British press and by the British government, though the book quickly became, and remains, a standard text for professionals working with problem children.

She was blamed for being too soft on murderers, of understanding them too tat.

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Into That Darkness by Gitta Sereny. His Battle with Truth. How do you examine the conscience of an ordinary inti who doesn’t really want to be examined? I felt so sick when reading this book that I sometimes had to put it away for a while. I sat in the bathtub for a good twenty minutes after I finished this just thinking.


Gitta Sereny led us through our own darkness

Mary was an eleven year old girl in northern England who in strangled two little boys to death aged 3 and 4. Sixty five Jews survived Treblinka. She also interviewed former inmates of Treblinka, such as Samuel Rajzman, Berek Rojzman, and Richard Glazar, who’s written a book about his experiences.

His moral was slowly dissolving and neglect and indifference took its place, and grew inside him from his work in the T4 program in Hartheim, followed by Sobibor, and continued to form the monster within him when he was transferred to Treblinka.

If the book were simply a review of rationalizations for past horrific actions, it would be part of a story that’s often been told. This is a story that reminds us to be vigilant as human beings about staying conscious of the forces of bigotry and hatred and scapegoating that allow what are once small stirrings in everyone’s psyche to becoming cogs on the wheels of the machinery of incomprehensible brutality and evil.

The sociologist Gillian Rose once challenged those who represent the Holocaust to do so in a way that doesn’t just lead to an identification with the victims, but in a way that also leads to the deeply uncomfortable identification with the perpetrators. Stangl would slip into ‘the popular vernacular of his childhood whenever he had to deal with questions he found difficult to answer’ a habit Sereny attributes to Stangl subconsciously seeking refuge in more comfortable language.

More pertinent for today than ever. Others who lost their loved ones. A remarkable and chilling deep dive into the life and relationships of a seemingly ordinary man who nevertheless lived a life both monstrous and banal.

Sep 21, Campbell rated it it was amazing Shelves: If he had resisted, it could have gotten him killed and it would not have stopped the program. Treblinka alone could’ve dealt with the 6.