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Question a) Outline the main features in the background and rise to prominence of Albert Speer
Berthold Konnad Herman Albert Speer, born 2nd of 3 sons on March 19th 1905 into a wealthy family to father Albert Friedich Speer, and mother, Luise Mathilde Wilhelmin Hommel in March 1905, was a famous architect during the Second World War.
Speer was 9 when World War 1 began in 1914. Wealth made it easier for his family, allowing them to buy whatever food was available at the time; however, they still found great difficulty during this time as they too were as greatly affected by the food shortages as others. Mid 1918, allied air raids began over Mannheim, Speer 's father decided to
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Speer’s technical and administrative skills and enthusiasm were what made him Hitler’s ideal choice. Hitler had originally paid very little attention to the detains of organising production and had ordered a reduction in weapon production after the fall of France in 1940. Speer assumed responsibility for a vast enterprise and in solving three key issues that would effectively decide the war effort – how to eliminate the gross inefficiencies of war production, how to increase armaments and munitions production despite the increasing bombing of German factories and other production targets. Speer believed in total mobilisation of the workforce to avoid military …show more content…
The envisionment was a five kilometre avenue stretching through the centre of the city leading to a domed hall, a triumphal arch to dwarf that of Paris’, the other end of the avenue would be 'the Fuhrers ' palace and many cultural buildings, cinemas and operette theatres were to be built making it one of the most extraordinary architectural plans during the time. However, Germany’s Germania never ended up being built. Speer labelled these dimensions as examples of megalomania. When Speer was asked about Hitler’s plans for a new chancellery in Germania he said “Hitler was pleased with the long hike the diplomats had to take in the recently completed chancellery….i therefore doubled the distance….making it more than a quarter of a mile.” It was a vast undertaking. Plans were swiftly drawn up by Speer’s office, and were presented to the public on January 28th, 1938 where the reaction within Germany was predictably enthusiastic, with newspapers carrying detailed explanations and

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