Knowledge Identifier: +Albert_Speer
Category: Visual Arts
Born in 1905, deceased in 1981.
Countries: Germany (71%), United Kingdom (11%), Russia (5%)
Linked to: Allies of World War II, Playboy, Golden Party Badge, Technical University of Munich
In 1918, the family moved permanently to their summer home, Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg, in Heidelberg
In 1924 when the crisis had abated, he transferred to the "much more reputable" Technical University of Munich
Despite this opposition, the two married in Berlin on August 28, 1928; seven years were to elapse before Margarete Speer was invited to stay at her in-laws' home
Speer stated he was apolitical when he was a young man, and that he attended a Berlin Nazi rally in December 1930 at the urging of some of his students
In 1931, Speer surrendered his position as Tessenow's assistant because of pay cuts and moved to Mannheim, hoping to use his father's connections to get commissions
Speer designed the 1933 May Day commemoration in Berlin
Speer designed the German Pavilion for the 1937 international exposition in Paris
In January 1938, Hitler asked Speer to build a new Reich Chancellery on the same site as the existing structure, and said he needed it for urgent foreign policy reasons no later than his next New Year's reception for diplomats on January 10, 1939
Erich Raeder - As the U-boats continued to be the arm of the "Kriegsmarine" that was doing most of the fighting, by 1942 Raeder was becoming increasingly overshadowed by Admiral Karl Dönitz, who made little secret of his contempt for the "battleship admiral" Raeder, and started to act more and more independently, for instance, dealing directly with Albert Speer in settling construction targets for the U-boats
Wehrmacht - The OKW was given the task of central economic planning and procurement, but the authority and influence of the OKW's war economy office was challenged by the procurement offices of the single branches of service as well as by the Ministry for Armament and Munitions , into which it was merged after the ministry was taken over by Albert Speer in early 1942
Joseph Goebbels - A more useful ally was Albert Speer, a Hitler favourite who was appointed Armaments Minister in February 1942
Werner Heisenberg - On 4 June 1942, Heisenberg was summoned to report to Albert Speer, Germany's Minister of Armaments, on the prospects for converting the Uranium Club's research toward developing nuclear weapons.
Junkers Ju 290 - In the spring of 1944, after Albert Speer had taken over the direction of air armaments, the Luftwaffe High Command boldly announced that production of the Ju 290 was to be suspended despite it being urgently needed for maritime reconnaissance; suspending production meant that resources could instead be diverted to building fighter aircraft
Wilhelm Furtwangler - Furtwängler was treated relatively well by the Nazis; he had a high profile, and was an important cultural figure, as evidenced by his inclusion in the Gottbegnadeten list of September 1944 and Hitler, in gratitude for Furtwängler's refusal to leave Berlin, even when it was being bombed by the allies, ordered Albert Speer to build a special air raid shelter for the conductor and his family in his house
Speer testified that he had planned to kill Hitler in early 1945 by dropping a canister of poison gas into the bunker's air intake
As early as 1953, when Wolters strongly objected to Speer referring to Hitler in the memoirs draft as a criminal, Speer had predicted that were the writings to be published, he would lose a "good many friends"
Eugene K. Bird - After the publication of the book, Bird campaigned to have Hess released from what had effectively become permanent solitary confinement after Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were released in 1966
Since 1967, it has served as the offices of the Royal Society
Speer died of natural causes in 1981 while on a visit to London
Derek Newark - In 1982, he played Martin Bormann in the TV series, based on Albert Speer's 'Inside the Third Reich'
Albert Speer: The "Good Nazi-:" Yesterday TV channel, UK, 17,00, 18 December 2013In the letter to Jeanty, written on December 23, 1971, Speer wrote: "There is no doubt - I was present as Himmler announced on October 6, 1943 that all Jews would be killed