Albert Speer was an intelligent, affluent and well-educated man, in many ways he was an atypical Nazi. Albert Speer claimed to be apolitical as a young man; however he himself like many others, were converted to the Nazi Party after attending a rally and hearing Adolf Hitler speak. The second of three sons to Albert Friedrich Speer and Luise Mathilde Wilhelmine Hommel, Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer was born the 19th March 1905. The Speer family lived in Mannheim, Germany and were quite wealthy. At school Speer excelled, particularly in mathematics.
'Popular Support For Hitler Was the Most Important Reason Why he Became Chancellor In January 1993' How Far do You Agree With This Statement? Hitler became Chancellor in January 1933, I believe that it the statement is partially true, Hitler was a clever man and with the aid of Joseph Goebbels he released many campaigns and propaganda throughout Germany spreading the Nazi's message and image getting people to vote for them. Not only that but with the Nazi's policies which some of them were aimed at particular groups like the nationalists or old age citizens, this too gained support. However it wasn't just popular support which got Hitler into power, the two previous chancellors in the Reichstag who were voted off helped as Hindenburg had no option but to make Hitler into the new Chancellor. My first point is how Goebbels used propaganda to aid Hitler.
They were beginning to doubt that Germany had any pride left. Historian R.Landau writes in his book (The Nazi Holocaust) that the ‘Nazi party was appealing’. This demonstrates that Hitler and the Nazis were a modern and plausible option for the public. Many of the middle class and other highly regarded sections of society were also drawn to the Nazi’s. Therefore, strengthening Landau’s view and the above argument that Hitler became leader of Germany as he was leader of the most popular parties.
Describe the rise to prominence of the personality you have studied Albert Speer’s rise to prominence was compounded by numerous significant events including his early work for the Nazi Party, followed by his appointment of Reich Architect and his further architectural works under this title such as the Paris Fair and German Project. Speer then reached his prominence of power when he was appointed Armaments Minister. Speer’s rise to prominence initially began with his joining of the Nazi Party in 1931. From this moment Speer’s recognition within the Nazi Party only amplified, all beginning with his first job as the Party’s driver. Through this job Speer met Dr Goebbels, who organised Speer’s first architect job; the renovation of the Party’s headquarters in Berlin.
It was here where Speer first came under the powerful influence of Adolf Hitler. Speer was so captivated by Hitler’s speech, that he claimed he was ‘ so deeply moved by Hitler, he saw no need of reasoning behind needing to educate himself about the Nazi ideologies and policies before joining them.’ As a result, Speer officially joined the Nazi party on the 1st of March 1931. Speer’s first role in the party was as leader of the Nazi motorist Corps. By this point, Speer’s architectural career was going nowhere until an opportunity finally presented itself in
Speer made an important connection through this work – Karl Hanke, a Nazi District Leader in West Berlin. It was Karl Hanke who offered Speer his early redecoration work for the Nazi Party. His early success with redecoration jobs led to more opportunities with the Nazi Party. Soon he was asked to take on jobs for high-ranking Nazi’s. In the summer of 1932 he was asked to redecorate Goebbels’ headquarters.
Kurt Weill (1900 – 1950) was symbiotic with German theatre culture. His famous “Threepenny Opera” which included the song “Mack the Knife” where respectable citizens were seen as villains and criminals and prostitutes were hero worshipped, is still popular today. Berlin was an important centre for world cinema. The most famous film of the time was called “The Blue Angel” whose Director was of course Jewish – Josef von Sternberg. It is clear therefore that cultural life in Germany was driven forward by Jews.
The 1918 election subsequently became known as the coupon election in reference to the signed letter of endorsement that selected coalition candidates received from Lloyd George and the conservative leader Andrew Bonar Law. The war time coalition government was overwhelmingly successful and people believed they could carry on this success into peacetime. Promises such as punishing the Germans by paying for the war and 'homes for heroes' was promised and were seen as achievable likewise so was the belief that the coalition government could return the country to normality. 700,000 houses were built out of 200,000. It was a start.
Propaganda was used frequently all around Germany during the time of Hitler and was effective in promoting Hitler as the ideal ruler for Germany. Nazi propaganda posters always showed Hitler in a good light which appealed to the German people. The first example shows young Aryan German boy looking upwards. The poster also features Hitler looking in the same direction, which suggests that he understands and supports the best interests of the youth. The caption of the poster translates to “The Hitler youth is born”, and the fact that an Aryan child is chosen to be shown is key.
Oskar Schindler At one time in his life, Oskar Schindler was a German businessman who made a fortune doing whatever it took to make a profit. He was greedy and ruthless and didn’t always do things the right way, but he always achieved whatever he set out to do. It was that same determination that drove him to succeed in saving over 1,000 Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Schindler was born on April 28, 1908 in Svitavy, Moravia, which today is located in the Czech Republic (Gordeeva). He was raised in a middle-class Catholic family in a region called Sudetenland.