The Nazi Period Of Albert Speer

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Biographical background
Throughout the Nazi period, Albert Speer became one of the most influential and prominent architects throughout the third Reich and was one of Hitler’s closest consultants. Born on March 19, in Mannheim, Germany, into an upper middle class family, Speer soon began studying Architecture in 1924. Prior to becoming an architect, Speer had ambitions of becoming a mathematician, however his father disagreed, describing the job as low paying, which lead onto Speer studying architecture, just like his father and grandfather. A historian once spoke about Speer’s childhood by quoting “love and warmth were lacking in the household of Speer 's youth”. Both Hitler and Speer had grand visions of Germany and Berlin, which lead to Speer designing rallying grounds for the Nazi party, including the famous Nuremberg parade grounds. Speer’s architectural design was also inspired by Hitler’s visions of a post war victory Germany, which would become ‘Germania’. Speer’s architecture emulated that of Ancient Greek and Roman times, as they would last structurally thousand years, or as long as the Germans ruled. After the war Speer was arrested, charged and imprisoned for 20 years, however Speer was “one of the few high ranking Nazi’s to express regret and remorse for German atrocities”, and this consequently saved Speer from being executed.
Background and Context
Prior to Nazi rule, life in Germany had been subject to many hardships. The German People had been victim of…
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