Albert Speer – rise to prominence Albert Speer was a significant figure in German history due to his various architectural projects and his appointment as Minister for Armaments. Although he claimed to be apolitical, Speer joined the Nationalist Social party on March 1st, 1931 and from they’re his career in the Nazi party prospered. Speer’s first contribution to the Nazi party was as a chauffer, as district head of the Nazi Motorist League, where he met Karl Hanke. A recommendation by Hanke to Goebbels, gave Speer his first architectural assignment of decorating Goebbels headquarters in Berlin. Hitler approved the finished result, however Goebbels did not like its simplicity and had it redecorated.
Albert Speer Part A Albert Speer became a prominent figure due to a number of significant factors; joining the Nazi Party, becoming the architect of the 3rd Reich, employment as the Minister of Armaments, and his testimony at the Nuremburg Trials. These events are what would later write history and give Speer the title of a prominent figure. Speer joining the Nazi party was a significant factor which led to his personality becoming prominent. Speer joined the Nazi party because there was something in it for him. Because of the depression in 1929, people needed employment, and support through a particular group of people during this tough time.
Speer was quickly beginning to impress the Nazi Party leadership, including Hitler himself. After his stunning design for the 1 May Tempelhof Field Night Rally, Speer was appointed Commissioner for the Artistic and Technical Presentation of Party Rallies and Presentations. As well as receiving commissions to plan party events, Speer was also in demand for his more usual works. He was given the job of redecorating Goebbels’ home and adding a new hall. Speer’s work received admiring comments, including from Hitler, who began a close relationship with Speer, appointing him as Paul Troost’s, Hitler’s chief architect, assistant.
Speer was instantly enchanted by Hitler’s speech and voice, he described himself as being in awe. Speer later claimed that he had joined the Nazi Party as a follower of Hitler. Albert Speer’s luck became a key element as to how he rose to prominence, beginning with Karl Hanke offering Speer early redecoration work for the Nazi Party. Speer succeeded in this job, and impressed Hanke greatly hence giving Speer many more opportunities with the Nazi Party. It wasn’t long before he became a rather highly regarded member of the Nazi party, being asked to take on high-ranking jobs Nazi’s.
As a ruler, Adolf Hitler of the Nazi party had numerous successes but he also had he fair share of failures. At the beginning of World War II, Hitler was seen as a savior to the German nation because of his oratory skills, appeal to the people and his successes. One of his first successes came when he fulfilled his promises to the German people and reversed the Treaty of Versailles. After the death of Hindenburg in 1934, Hitler was seen as the successor. The German public saw Hitler as god-like with his vast power and glorifying the German race as being the “master race.” When he finally reversed the power of the Treaty of Versailles and rebuilt Germany’s armed forces, the German nation basically did as he told them to do.
These events created the perfect conditions for a new radical party to rise to power: The Nazis. Founded in 1919, this group appealed to ex-soldiers, lower middle-class workers and students who wanted political change. Hitler opened new party organizations for women, students, and teachers that gave more awareness to the party as well as their ideals. Hitler’s contribution to this party was quite substantial, however it would have been hard at the time to predict he would become chancellor. Historian Ian Kershaw puts Hitler’s success down to luck and chance, stating that there was nothing inevitable about Hitler’s rise to power.
Hitler’s Foreign Policy This document was written by Stephen Tonge. I am most grateful to have his kind permission to include it on the web site. Brief Summary 1933 Germany left the League of Nations. 1934 Attempted Nazi coup in Austria crushed. Poland and Germany sign alliance.
Hitler was a great leader in a horrible way. These days most people believe that Hitler was a nasty person because of the holocaust he created but what did people think about Hitler during his days. Powerful, a person who spoke out his thoughts, which all were good ideas to the Germans and so eventually he climbed up the hierarchy ladder and reached the top and in 1933 he became the Chancellor of Germany. Hitler was strongly against the Treaty of Versailles. He didn’t like the fact that 15% of their land was taken by all the winning countries.
Goebbels was made Minister of Enlightenment and Propaganda when Hitler was appointed chancellor in 1933. Goebbels stayed as this under he died in 1945. Goebbels used highly effective means of propaganda, when delivering it to the public. He used ideas such as posters, slogans, films and most importantly, the Nuremburg trial which takes place annually. These types of propaganda showed people how great life would be under the power of Hitler and the nazi party.
What contribution did Joseph Goebbels and Leni Riefenstahl make to Nazi propaganda ? Intro Goebbels and Riefenstahl had an immense effect on Nazi propaganda, Although Hitler came to power in 1933 through democratic means he had to avail of many forms of propaganda in order to grip all aspects of peoples lives; Social, Political, Economic and Personal. With the help of Goebbels and Riefenstahl along with other film makers, Hitler found a way to indoctrinate and brainwash most germans into both following and agreeing with his policies, this paved the way for his totalitarian regime, with the help of Goebbels. Goebbles Goebbels was Hitlers Minister for Propaganda, he was definitely one of the most influential people in Nazi Germany as it was up to him to ensure that the nation was gripped by Hitlers cult of personality, which I personally think Goebbels was more than partly responsible for creating. Goebbels used many means in order to create the personality cult which is credited for keeping Hitlers third reich united.