Albert Speer served as the Minister of Armaments and War Production in Nazi Germany during most of World War II. A close ally of Adolf Hitler, he was convicted at the Nuremberg trials and sentenced to 20 years in prison. An architect by training, Speer joined the Nazi Party in 1931. His architectural skills made him increasingly prominent within the Party, and he became a member of Hitler’s inner circle. Hitler instructed him to design and construct structures including the Reich Chancellery and the Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg. In 1937, Hitler appointed Speer as General Building Inspector for Berlin. In this capacity he was responsible for the Central Department for Resettlement that evicted Jewish tenants from their homes in Berlin. In February 1942, Speer was appointed as Reich Minister of Armaments and War Production. Using doctored statistics, he promoted himself as having performed an “armaments miracle” that was widely credited with keeping Germany in the war.
|Born:||March 19, 1905, Mannheim, Baden, German Empire|
|Died:||September 1, 1981, London, United Kingdom|
|Political party:||NSDAP (1931-1945)|
|Children:||6, including Albert, Hilde, Margarete|
|Parents:||Albert Friedrich Speer, Luise Máthilde Wilhelmine Hommel|
|Alma mater:||Technical University of Berlin, Technical University of Munich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology|
|Profession:||Architect, government official, author|
|Cabinet:||Hitler Cabinet, Schwerin von Krosigk Cabinet|
|IMDb:||Albert Speer’s IMDb|
About Albert Speer
The Third Reich’s chief architect who also served as Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich. He was responsible for the Reich Chancellery, Nuremberg’s Zeppelinfeld stadium, and the Berlin reconstruction plan.
His education originally suffered because of the hyperinflation crisis of 1923, which forced him to enroll in the less prestigious University of Karlsruhe. He was eventually able to transfer to the Technical University of Munich and later to the Technical University of Berlin. He joined the Nazi Party in 1931.
He became known as “the Nazi who said sorry” for taking moral responsibility for the crimes of The Third Reich at the Nuremberg Trials.
He was the middle child in a family of three sons born to the wealthy Albert and Luis Speer. By some accounts, his home was not known for being loving and warm. He married Margarete Weber in 1927.
He chronicled his close relationship with Adolf Hitler in his autobiographies, “Inside the Third Reich” and “Spandau: The Secret Diaries,” which he wrote after he was released from prison in 1966.
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- Neoclassical architects
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- Technical University of Berlin alumni
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