Albert Speer's Rise Of The Nazi Party

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Albert Speer had an extraordinary rise to prominence once joined the Nazi Party in 1931, but it evident that with the help of Hitler his rise was made exceedingly successful. There was numerous ways that helped to push Speer’s rise to prominence throughout this period of time. This included the early work Speer had done for the Nazi Party including his work for Hitler which had assisted him to achieve a high position in the building of the Reich Capital, this allowed Speer to only answer to Hitler. It was clear that as time went by Hitler saw a great potential in the structures that Speer was designing, hence the appointment of Speer as the First Architect of the Reich. In 1942 Speer was elected as the Minister of Armaments due to his immense practical skills and the quick completion of tasks appointed. This resulted in Speer’s control of Germany’s economy.

Speer had been handed numerous structures to designs for celebrations of Berlin’s May Day, the Nuremberg Rally as well as the refurbishment of the Chancellery. His reputation increased significantly amongst the Nazi Party and was given a number of important architectural ideas following the party’s rise to power in 1933. It was known that Speer was building a reputation not only for his architectural designs but also his excellent organisational skills. As Speer became well known amongst the Nazi party he was delegated the position of designing and decorating the Nuremburg Rally, where he incorporated his theory ‘ruin value’. ‘Ruin value’ reflected the sights history and importance, this theory realised Hitler’s concept of the ‘thousand year reign’. As historian Fest has viewed this period, it is evident that he sees this rally at Nuremberg is the start to his career as it ...

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...ol of the armaments department. As minister of Armaments, he changed many of the processes for the better, more streamline and efficient weaponry. Through the remarkable skills that Speer had presented, it helped to slow down the prevalence of war occurring (Sereny 1995).

It was clear, that with the help from Hitler and various other significant figures, Speer had the ability to rise to prominence throughout this period of time in Germany successfully. It was known that he was able to gain a well-known title and reputation amongst the Nazi Party as a well-organised architect. Though with a lack of qualifications and knowledge it helped him to strive to the top with the control of the German economy by August 1944.

➢ Fest, JC, 1999, The Face of the Third Reich, Da capo press.
➢ Sereny, G, 1995, Albert Speer: His battle with the truth, Macmillan.
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