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Albert Speer

Albert Speer (; German: [ˈʃpeːɐ̯] (listen); March 19, 1905 – September 1, 1981) was the Minister of Armaments and War Production in Nazi Germany during most of World War II. A close ally of Adolf Hitler, he was convicted at the Nuremberg trials and sentenced to 20 years in prison. An architect by training, Speer joined the Nazi Party in 1931, launching himself on a political and governmental career which lasted fourteen years. His architectural skills made him increasingly prominent within the Party, and he became a member of Hitler's inner circle.


Temporarily in 1934 I became a department head in the German Labor Front and dealt with the improvement of labor conditions in German factories. Then I was in charge of public works on the staff of Hess. I gave up both these activities in 1941.




All sensible Army people turned gas warfare down as being utterly insane since, in view of your superiority in the air, it would not be long before it would bring the most terrible catastrophe upon German cities, which were completely unprotected.




In all my activities as Armament Minister I never once visited a labor camp, and cannot, therefore, give any information about them.




All I know is that these two gases both had a quite extraordinary effect, and that there was no respirator, and no protection against them that we knew of. So the soldiers would have been unable to protect themselves against this gas in any way.




Cases of sickness made up a very small percentage which in my opinion was normal. However, propaganda pamphlets dropped from aircraft were telling the workers to feign illness, and detailed instructions were given to them on how to do it.




One seldom recognizes the devil when he is putting his hand on your shoulder.




No doubt concentration camps were a means, a menace used to keep order.




It is certain that concentration camps had a bad reputation with us.




I grow dizzy when I recall that the number of manufactured tanks seems to have been more important to me than the vanished victims of racism.




I would rather not tell you here things which every German has at heart.




I was not a member of the SS.



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