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Encyclopedia > Gitta Sereny

Gitta Sereny (born March 13, 1921) is a Hungarian-born British biographer, historian and journalist whose writing focuses mainly on the Holocaust and abused children. She is a stepdaughter of the economist Ludwig von Mises. March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for full calendar). ... This article needs cleanup. ... An historian is someone who writes history, a written accounting of the past. ... Selection of Hungarian Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in May/June 1944. ... Child abuse is the physical or psychological maltreatment of a child, often synonymous with the term child maltreatment or the term child abuse and neglect. ... A stepfamily is the family one acquires when a parent marries someone new. ... Alan Greenspan, former chairman, United States Federal Reserve. ... Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) was a notable economist and a major influence on the modern libertarian movement. ...



Sereny was born a Hungarian in Vienna, Austria in 1921. She read Hitler's Mein Kampf at the age of 13 and heard him address a rally in Vienna four years later. After the Nazi takeover of Austria she moved to France were she worked with refugee children until the German occupation when she fled to the United Kingdom. After World War II she worked for the UN with refugees in occupied Germany. Among her tasks was reuniting children who had been kidnapped by the Nazis to be raised as "Aryans" with their biological families. This could be a traumatic experience because the children did not always remember their original family. Vienna (German: , see also other names) is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for full calendar). ... Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945, standard German pronunciation in the IPA) was the Führer (leader) of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party) and of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. ... Mein Kampf (English translation: My Struggle or My Fight) is the signature work of Adolf Hitler, combining elements of autobiography with an exposition of Hitlers political ideology of Nazism. ... Vienna (German: , see also other names) is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... This article is about the United Nations, for other uses of UN see UN (disambiguation) Official languages English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic Secretary-General Kofi Annan (since 1997) Established October 24, 1945 Member states 191 Headquarters New York City, NY, USA Official site http://www. ...

She attended the Nuremberg trials for four days in 1945 as an observer and it was here that she first saw Albert Speer about whom she would later write the book Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth. The Süddeutsche Zeitung announces The Verdict in Nuremberg. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

The Case of Mary Bell

The Case of Mary Bell was first published in 1972 following Mary Bell's trial, in it Sereny interviewed her family, friends and the professionals involved in looking after Mary during her trial.

In 1998 she was embroiled in a controversy in the British press when her second book on Mary Bell, Cries Unheard [1] was published and she announced that she was sharing the publishing fee, from MacMillan Publishers, with Mary Bell for collaborating on the book. 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. Mary Flora Bell (born on May 26, 1957 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne England) was convicted in December 1968 of the murders of two boys, Martin Brown (four years old) and Brian Howe (three years old). ...

David Irving libel case

British historian David Irving initiated a libel case against Sereny and the Guardian Media Group for two reviews in The Observer where she dismissed some of his historical claims. Irving maintains an especial disdain for Sereny who he calls "that shriveled Nazi hunter". Although the case has not gone to court the cost for The Observer for preparing their legal defense amount to £800,000. [2] David Irving, 2003 David John Cawdell Irving (born March 24, 1938) is a British writer specializing in the military history of World War II. He is the author of 30 books, including The Destruction of Dresden (1963), Hitlers War (1977), Uprising (1981), Churchills War (1987), and Goebbels — Mastermind... In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someones reputation. ... Guardian Media Group plc is a company of the United Kingdom owning various mass media operations including The Guardian, The Observer and the Manchester Evening News. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... A Nazi hunter is a private individual or group who tracks down and gathers information on former Nazis so that they can be punished for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Holocaust. ...

Honors and education

In the 2004 New Years Honours List Sereny was awarded a CBE for services to Journalism, which she received at a special ceremony at the Foreign Office. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority...


Educated in England and France in addition to her Austrian schooling, her writings include: Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...

  • The Case of Mary Bell: A Portrait of a Child Who Murdered (1972, second edition 1995)
  • Into That Darkness: from Mercy Killing to Mass Murder, a study of Franz Stangl, the commandant of Treblinka (1974, second edition 1995)
  • The Invisible Children: Child Prostitution in America, West Germany and Great Britain (1984)
  • Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth (1995)
  • Cries Unheard: The Story of Mary Bell (1998)
  • The German Trauma: Experiences and Reflections, 1938-2001 (2002)

The second edition of The Case of Mary Bell contains an appendix on the murder of James Bulger. 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Franz Stangl (March 26, 1908 – June 28, 1971) was an SS officer, commandant of the Sobibór and of the Treblinka Nazi extermination camps. ... Treblinka is a small village in the Mazowieckie voivodship (province) of Poland. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... James Jamie Patrick Bulger (March 16, 1990 – February 12, 1993) was a two-year old toddler who was abducted and murdered by two ten year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson (both born in 1982), in Merseyside, England. ...

External links

  • BBC biography
  • Spike Magazine Interview
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