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By Albert Speer

In a memoir written in the course of his 20-year imprisonment for warfare crimes and crimes opposed to humanity, Speer, the Minister of Armaments and conflict construction below Hitler, chronicles his function within the warfare attempt, offering an insider's view of the Nazi nation. First released in 1970 and now reissued, a first-hand account of the increase and fall of the 3rd Reich which additionally bargains a distinct portrait of Adolf Hitler himself, hard a few of the myths that experience surrounded him.

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But no sooner was everything virtually settled-the King had just been received with great honors by President Hindenburg-than the Afghans overthrew their ruler in a coup d'etat. The prospect of continuing to work with Tessenow consoled me. I had been having some misgivings anyhow, and I was glad that the fall of Aman Ullah removed the need to make a decision. I had to look after my seminar only three days a week; in addition there were five months of academic vacation. Nevertheless I received 300 Reichsmark-about the equivalent in value of 800 Deutsche MarkO [$200] today.

There was a more basic opposition involved when I turned to what were then the advanced writers and looked for friends in a rowing club or in the huts of the Alpine Club. The custom in my circles was for a young man to seek his companions and his future wife in the sheltered class to which his parents belonged. But I was drawn to plain, solid artisan families for both. I even felt an instinctive sympathy for the extreme left-though this inclination never assumed any concrete form. At the time I was allergic to any political commitments.

Hard climbs gave us the sense of real achievement. Sometimes, with characteristic obstinacy, I managed to convince my fellow hikers not to give up a tour we had started on, even in the worst weather-in spite of storms, icy rains, and cold, although mists spoiled the view from the peak when we finally reached it. Often, from the mountain tops, we looked down upon a deep gray layer of cloud over the distant plain. Down there lived what to our minds were wretched people; we thought we stood high above them in every sense.

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