Great Work

Life to national / international history
d Speer Minister of Armaments and War Production. Under his leadership, Germany's war production continued to increase despite considerable Allied bombing. After the war, he was tried at Nuremberg and sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the Nazi regime, principally for the use of forced labor. He served his full sentence, most of it at Spandau Prison in West Berlin.

Following his release from Spandau in 1966, Speer published two bestselling autobiographical works, Inside the Third Reich and Spandau: The Secret Diaries, detailing his often close personal relationship with Hitler, and providing readers and historians with a unique perspective on the workings of the Nazi regime. He later wrote a third book, Infiltration, about the SS. Speer died of natural causes in 1981 while on a visit to London.[2]

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1 Early years
2 Nazi architect
2.1 Joining the Nazis (1930–1934)
2.2 First Architect of the Third Reich (1934–1939)
2.3 Wartime architect (1939–1942)
3 Minister of Armaments
3.1 Appointment and increasing power
3.2 Fall of the Reich
4 Nuremberg Trial
5 Imprisonment
6 Release and later life
7 Legacy and controversy
7.1 Architectural legacy
7.2 Actions regarding the Jews
7.3 Knowledge of the Holocaust
8 Career summary
8.1 Nazi Party positions
8.2 Government positions
8.3 Political ranks
8.4 Awards and decorations
9 See also
10 Notes
11 References
12 Further reading
13 External links