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“If Hitler had had any friends, I would
certainly have been one of his close friends.” Those startling words were
uttered by Albert Speer before the International War Crimes Tribunal.
Intelligent, handsome, and educated as an architect, Speer had no interest in
politics until he attended a Hitler rally when he was 25. After joining the
Nazi Party, his skills brought him into the Führer’s inner circle, where he
fulfilled Hitler’s megalomaniac dreams by designing some of the most colossal
structures ever conceived. With war he became Armaments Minister, and after
Germany’s surrender was arrested and tried at Nuremberg. The only Nazi who
seemed penitent, he accepted responsibility for all the crimes of the regime.
Some applaud his stance and call him “the good Nazi.” Others contend it was a
clever ploy to avoid the noose. In this course, we will consider Speer’s life,
his relationship with Hitler, his second career as a best-selling author after
serving 20 years in Spandau, and the inner conflict that drove him to both
confess and conceal his own guilt. Over the six weeks we will also view the
four-hour 1982 film, Inside the Third
Reich, based on his memoirs.
Richard Matturro, a native of Rye, New York, holds a
doctorate in English with a specialization in Shakespeare and Greek Mythology.
After sixteen years at the Albany Times Union, he taught literature at UAlbany
for fourteen years. He is the author of numerous newspaper articles and seven
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