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Albert Speer was born in 1905 in Manheim, Germany. He was born into an affluent, upper-middle class family, being the 2nd of 3 boys. As a result of a distant and emotionless father and a detached mother, Speer’s childhood saw him being emotionally neglected.
Speer had a big interest in mathematics but his father had other plans and he persuaded Speer to pursue a career in architecture like himself and his father before him. So Speer attended the Berlin Institute of technology where he completed his studies and received his architectural qualifications in 1927. Whilst studying in Berlin, he met Tessenow, his professor/teacher, who soon became a very influential mentor to Speer. Post studying at the Berlin Institute of Technology, Speer became Tessenow’s personal assistant highlighting (demonstrating???) the relationship they built during his time at the institute.
Speer was convinced to attend a Nazi Party Meeting by peers of his in December, 1930. Hitler spoke to a crowd of students including Speer. Here Speer became captivated by Hitler’s (ideology??) speech and joined the Naze Party in March, 1931. He later gave three reasons for his decision to join the Nazi Party (NDASAP). Firstly, he was motivated by the fear of communism; he was fascinated by Hitler, the man; and he also rejected the notion of German War guilt, as did Hitler.
Speer’s first architectural commission from the Nazi Party was from Geobells and it was to renovate the Gauhaus. Shortly after this, he was given the task of organising the backdrop for the May Day rally in Berlin in 1933 (day/month??). Hitler was very pleased with the effect.
Following this, Speer was asked to organise the New Chancellery for the Nuremburg Rally of 1933. The Nuremburg Rally site was a major success primarily because of Speer’s idea of the ‘Cathedral Rights’ and led to Speer being commissioned to build an entirely new rally site for the following year. Hitler and Speer began forging a close relationship and had

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