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Albert Speer in the Federal Republic

The exhibition "Albert Speer in the Federal Republic - Dealing with the German Past" at the Documentation Center examines the Speer legend

© Museen der Stadt Nürnberg, Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände; Foto: Stefan Meyer, Architekturfotografie Nürnberg-Berlin

During the Nazi era, Speer was the chief architect of the Reich, responsible for major projects like the Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg and the redesign of Berlin. He was a member of Hitler's closest circle, appointed Armaments Minister in 1942. After his release, Speer was able to publicize his own legend, conceived at war's end and further refined, in numerous interviews and publications: he claimed to have known nothing of the Nazis' crimes, that he had been seduced by Hitler's aura into becoming involved, without actively participating, in the war and the Holocaust. At the heart of the exhibition is the question of why Speer's tales resonated for such a long time, and with so many people, in the Federal Republic – even today, and even though research refuted much of his story long ago.

Date: 28th April - 6th January 2018

Place: Documentation Center, Bayernstraße 110, Nürnberg

Costs: Exhibition is free (entry for the Documentation Center)


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