By Albert Speer
In a memoir written in the course of his 20-year imprisonment for conflict crimes and crimes opposed to humanity, Speer, the Minister of Armaments and conflict creation lower than Hitler, chronicles his function within the battle attempt, supplying an insider's view of the Nazi kingdom. First released in 1970 and now reissued, a first-hand account of the increase and fall of the 3rd Reich which additionally bargains a special portrait of Adolf Hitler himself, not easy a number of the myths that experience surrounded him.
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Others may afterward have discussed that stirring evening over a glass of beer. Certainly my students pressed me to do so. But I felt I had to straighten things out in my own mind, to master my confusion. I needed to be alone. Shaken, I drove off into the night in my small car, stopped in a pine forest near the Havel, and went for a long walk. Here, it seemed to me, was hope. Here were new ideals, a new understanding, new tasks. Even Spengler's dark predictions seemed to me refuted, and his prophecy of the coming of a new Roman emperor simultaneously fulfilled.
Of course all this is wildly optimistic and is merely meant to trace what rd like to do in the best of cases. Only half a year after completing my examination I became his assistant. In Professor Tessenow I had found my first catalyst-and he remained that for me uhtil seven years later when he was replaced by a more powerful one. I also had great respect for our teacher of the history of architecture, Professor Daniel Krenkler. An Alsatian by birth, he was a dedicated archaeologist and a highly emotional patriot as well.
De Mille's bombastic pomp -never suspecting that ten years later I myself would be going his movie architecture one better. " But overshadowing all such impressions was the poverty and unemployment all around me. Spengler's Decline of the West had convinced me that we were living in a period of decay strongly similar to the late Roman Empire: inflation, decline of morals, impotence of the German Reich. His essay "Prussianism and Socialism" excited me especially because of the contempt for luxury and comfort it expressed.
Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer