Albert Speer, Hsc 2010, Part a

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Describe the life of the personality you have studied (2010 HSC) Born in Mannheim, Germany in 1905, Albert Speer was persuaded to take up architecture by his father who made a significant impact on Speer’s life. He pursued his architecture studies at the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe in 1923 and graduated in four years later, two years before the Great Depression. He became Professor Tessenow’s assistant, a supporter of the Nazi Party in the same year, opening the door for Speer. It must be noted that Speer and his family were an apolitical family. Speer’s first introduction to Nazism was in 1930 where he attended a meeting which Hitler spoke at. He admitted that he was swayed by Hitler’s charisma and his speech gave Speer a sense of hope thus, joining the Nazi Party. This led to his first commission of renovating Hanke’s home in Berlin in 1932, leaving the Nazi Leaders impressed. Goebbels offered him his second job to rebuild the Propaganda Ministry with a promise from Speer that it would be completed within seven months. Speer gained a reputation from this commission as not only a creative architect but also an efficient organiser. In July 1933, Speer was given the job as a decorator for the Nazi party Rally at Nuremburg. This job was when his work was recognised by Hitler and it reflected his view of the Nazi party through his propaganda. The Reich Chancellery that was built in 1938-39 was one of the most significant jobs Speer had done because there was a lot of work to be done with the time limit set; one year. However, Speer finished it within a year again proving his organisational and efficiency skills which led to his appointment as Reich Minister for Armaments in 1942. As Hitler paid little attention to war production, Speer had many issues to deal with. In the same year, he set up the Central Planning Board to control the allocation for raw
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