Dive deep into Albert Speer’s Infiltration with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Inside Himmler by Walter Laqueur Published: October 4, INFILTRATION By Albert Speer. Translated by Joachim Neugroschel. pp. New York. Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer was a German architect who was, for most of World He wrote a third book, Infiltration, about the SS. Speer died of a.

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Inside Himmler by Walter Infiltratlon Published: Translated by Joachim Neugroschel. He served Hitler faithfully, but his heart was in architecture, not in politics. In the Nuremberg trials, in which he received a 20 -year sentence, he was virtually the only defendant who did not attempt to deny his personal responsibility.

My Altercations with the S. It is an important work nonetheless, even though the student of 20 th -century German history may find it of more interest than the alberg reader. Speer had originally intended to write about German armaments in general. Speer had known much of the story before, but what he had not known about the S.

There is, however, the danger of making too much of this point. It is, of course, perfectly true that neither Hitler nor Stalin was omnipotent and omnipresent, even though official propaganda tried to create the impression that they were. If Himmler wanted to engage in one of his bizarre schemes, such as mass-producing high-octane gas from firtree roots or geraniums, Hitler was unlikely to interfere. But it is also true that any decision of major importance could not be taken without consulting the Fuhrer.


That Himmler wished to dominate and eventually run the armaments industry is not at first readily plausible.

They understood that a modern country could not function – let alone infiltratlon in modern warfare – without a sound industrial basis, but their ideological inspiration was romantic and thus anti-modern and anti-industrial. He rejected the jet fighter because he thought that its extreme speed would impede its fighting capacity.

Infiltration / by Albert Speer ; translation by Joachim Neugroschel – Details – Trove

According to Speerthe Fuhrer even opposed the tommy gun because he said it made soldiers cowardly, and close combat impossible. It was not until the end of the war, when it seemed that only some miracle could save his rule, that Hitler was willing to give higher priority to the development of modern technology.

According to SpeerHimmler even told Hitler that much, and the explanation seems quite believable. The army and the Armaments Ministry wanted to keep the Jews as laborers – not out of philo-Semitism, but because Jews were excellent workers, and the Third Ingiltration faced serious manpower shortages during the war.

And the prospect that an army of some 14 million slave laborers such as the S.


In these as in most other respects, Speer was on the right side in his controversies with the S. Speer was not quite clear in his mind what was wrong with Nazism – except, of course, that it committed certain barbaric excesses and frequently made irrational decisions.


To give but one illustration of his attitude, Speer describes the background of Nazi policies toward the Jews i n the following terms: Ultimately, the very existence of the Jews was at stake.

And it is astonishing that these Jews, who were allegedly so powerful in Germany beforewere not even able to struggle effectively against this petit bourgeois movement of the National Socialists. The justified struggle of the Jews against their arch-enemies increased the anti-Jewish hatred of the Party to such an extent that it refused to make any exceptions or go back in any way.

Speer no doubt tried to be fair and to understand what really happened. He probably felt sympathy for the Jews after the full extent of their fate had registered with him. But this was not the basic issue. Frequently Nazism was quite rational and methodical in the pursuit of its aims. The problem was that its aims were not just irrational infiltrration fanatical but profoundly evil.