Albert Speer was arguably the most indispensable of all Nazi party officials. His exceptional skills regarding technology, management and organisation as well as his strong bond with the Fuhrer due to a common love of art and architecture, insured Speer's position in many departments of the Third Reich.
Despite all this, there is little evidence to suggest he was a committed Nazi devoted to Hitler's ideologies, rather an amoral technocrat who, obsessed with personal success and gratification, became an uncritical receiver of Hitler's instructions.
However this view on Speer has been greatly criticised as being influenced by Speer's personal evaluation of him self and thus may be regarded with suspicion. John Galbraith, a US interrogator at Nuremburg, believes that Speer's claims were apart of his "well developed strategy of self vindication and survival", in contrast to Henry king, who considered Speer a "patriot, who firmly realised that loyalty to Hitler was not the same as loyalty to the German people".
Speer joined the Nazi party in 1931 after listening to Hitler give an address at the Berlin University. At the time he was a qualified architect, although only working as a lecturer's assistant as the impact of the depression made it difficult to find employment within the field. It wasn't until Hitler became Chancellor that Speer gained significant employment. He was appointed to rebuild the propaganda ministry and soon received over commissions, impressing Hitler so much with his speed and efficiency that after his own architect, Paul Ludwig Troost died in 1934, Speer became his successor at just 29 years of age.
It was through his work in architecture that Spe…