Inside the Third Reich: memoirs / by Albert Speer ; translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston ; introduction by Eugene Davidson.
- Standardized Title:
- Erinnerungen. English
- New York : The Macmillan Company,  , ©1970
xviii, 596 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, plans, portraits ; 24 cm
- Speer, Albert, 1905-1981.
Nazis -- Biography.
Architects -- Germany -- Biography.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.
Speer, Albert, (1905-1981)
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.
Speer, Albert, 1905-1981.
Speer, Albert, 1905-
National socialism -- Biography.
- "Inside the Third Reich is a memoir written by Albert Speer, the Nazi Minister of Armaments from 1942 to 1945, serving as Adolf Hitler's main architect before this period. It is considered to be one of the most detailed descriptions of the inner workings and leadership of Nazi Germany but is controversial because of Speer's lack of discussion of Nazi atrocities and questions regarding his degree of awareness or involvement with them." -- Wikipedia.
- pt 1. 1. Origins and youth : Youth ; Life at home ; Schooling ; Inflation ; Assistant to Tessenow ; Marriage
2. Profession and vocation : Offer from Afghanistan ; Architect without commissions ; Boating tours ; The election of September 14, 1930 ; National socialism and the technical institute ; First Hitler rally ; Goebbels in the Sportpalast ; Joining the party
3. Junction : First party assignment in Berlin ; Back in Mannheim ; Hitler's Berlin demonstration ; Renovating the party headquarters and the Propaganda Ministry ; Décor for the Party Rally, May 1933 ; My client Hitler ; At home with Hitler
4. My catalyst : Hitler's guest ; My client Goering ; Traveling with Hitler ; Hitler's thought ; Hitler's views on art ; The Old Fighters ; At Obersalzberg Mountain walks with Eva Braun ; Cheers and obsessions ; Hitler the architect
5. Architectural megalomania : The Roehm putsch ; Papen expelled from his office ; Hindenburg's funeral ; First major assignment ; Theory of ruin value ; Cathedral of light ; Cornerstone layings ; Plans for Nuremberg ; Architecture of a Great Power
6. The greatest assignment : Plans for Berlin ; Rivaling Vienna and Paris ; Hitler and his architects ; The German pavilion at the Paris World's Fair ; Neoclassicism in our times ; Abortive travels in France ; Neurath's obstinacy
7. Obersalzberg : Bormann and Hitler ; The day at Obersalzberg ; Teatime talk ; Hitler's rage ; Retirement in Linz ; Hitler prediction
8. The new Chancellery : The assignment ; Hitler's illness ; Morell ; Events of 1938: cabinet changes, Austria, Munich, November 9 ; A bad omen ; Hacha in the new Chancellery
9. A day in the Chancellery : Waiting ; Hess the eccentric ; The leadership's "style" ; The radicals, Bormann and Goebbels ; Jokes for Hitler ; Dull evenings ; Hitler and music
10. Our Empire style : "You've all gone completely crazy" ; Laying out the grand avenue ; Megalomania ; Deadlines ; Costs ; Boom in architecture ; Hitler's sketches ; Affairs in the Goebbels family ; Incognita to Italy ; Hitler's fiftieth birthday ; With the Wagner family in Bayreuth ; Frau Goebbels
11. The globe : Hitler's power center ; The biggest building in the world ; A Reichstag for one hundred forty million people ; Hitler's palace ; Fear of uprisings ; Empire style ; The globe
12. The descent begins : The pact ; Northern lights over Obersalzberg ; "Blood" ; War and peace parties ; Hitler goes to war ; At headquarters ; Armistice ; With Hitler in Paris ; Wartime building program
13. Excess : Victory parades under the triumphal arch ; Hess's flight to England ; Hitler and Goering as art collectors ; War against the Soviet Union ; The pencil line along the Urals ; Captured weapons for the grand avenue ; Trondheim and the East ; My last art tour ; Disaster in Russia ; The second man.
pt. 2. 14. Start in my new office : Flight to Dnepropetrovsk ; Visit to headquarters ; Talks with Hitler and Todt ; Death of Todt ; Audience with Hitler ; Appointment as Minister ; Goering's scene ; First official acts ; Obstacles overcome ; The Cabinet Room
15. Organized improvisation : The new organizational scheme ; Goering's threat to resign ; Architect and technology ; Industrial self-responsibility ; Organization of the Ministry ; Successes
16. Sins of omission : The technological war ; Efforts at full mobilization ; Party opposition ; More steel for the war ; Transportation crisis ; The muffed atom bomb
17. Commander in Chief Hitler : Armaments conferences with Hitler ; My system ; Hitler's knowledge of technology ; Demonstrating weapons ; Visits in southern Russia ; Ascent of Mount Elbrus ; Hitler's situation conferences ; The Allied landing in North Africa ; Goering and Stalingrad
18. Intrigues : Bormann ; Cabinet meetings again ; Need for austerity ; Discussions with Goebbels ; Alliances ; Bormann's system ; Dealing with Goebbels, dealing with Goering ; Fiasco ; Himmler's threat
19. Second man in the state : Goebbels joins Bormann ; Hitler reprimands Goebbels ; No prisoners ; Bridge to Asia ; Guderian and Zeitzler agree ; Minister of War ; Production
20. Bombs : The new front ; Goering's deceptions ; The Ruhr dams ; Pinpoint bombing strategy ; The raids on Hamburg ; Ball bearings ; The enemy's strategic mistake ; The bombing of Berlin ; Hitler's mistakes ; Galland against Goering ; The flight from reality
21. Hitler in the Autumn of 1943 : The change in Hitler ; His rigidity and exhaustion ; Daily routine ; Hitler and his dog ; The Prince of Hesse ; Mussolini freed and cheated
22. Downhill : Armaments work in occupied territories ; Agreement with the French ; Sauckel's reaction ; Speech to the Gauleiters ; Hitler lies to his generals ; Trip to Lapland ; Infantry program ; Trouble with Sauckel ; Goering's birthday.
pt. 3. 23. Illness : Dangerous plots ; Convalescence ; The fighter aircraft staff ; Hitler's emotion and new estrangement ; Candidates for my office ; Thoughts of resignation ; Back at the Berghof ; Hitler yields ; Praise in The Observer
24. The war thrice lost : Return to work ; Strategic bombing of fuel production ; Memoranda ; Rommel and coastal defense ; The invasion of Normandy begins ; Takeover of aircraft production ; Hitler's speech to the industrialists
25. Blunders, secret weapons, and the SS : Jet fighters as bombers ; Peenemünde ; Concentration camp prisoners in war industry ; Himmler invades rocket research ; Plans for SS economic expansion ; Stealing workers ; Auschwitz
26. Operation Valkyrie : Talks with the conspirators ; The news reaches Goebbels ; In the center of the counterstroke ; Bendlerstrasse ; Meeting with Fromm ; Himmler calls on Goebbels ; Kaltenbrunner's visit ; On the conspirators' lists ; Aftermath ; Arrests ; Films of the executions
27. the wave from the West : Goebbels gains power ; Hitler loses authority ; Visits to the front ; September 1944: military impotence ; Hitler's plans for destruction ; Outwitting his arguments ; Shortage of chromium ; Declining production ; Secret weapons and propaganda
28. Plunge : Breakup of organization ; Emergency program ; The Ardennes offensive ; Upper Silesia ; "The war is lost" ; Memorandum ; Reaction to Yalta ; Poison gas for Hitler's bunker
29. Doom : Anxiety over the postwar period ; Countermeasures ; Another memorandum ; Hitler's reply ; Hitler's death sentence upon industry
30. Hitler's ultimatum : The Ruhr threatened ; Feverish travels ; Sabotage of orders ; Hitler's twenty-four-hour ultimatum ; An unread letter ; Hitler yields again
31. Tthe thirteenth hour : Radio speech ; Finale of Götterdämmerung ; Roosevelt's death ; Ley invents death rays ; Eva Braun ; Preparations for flight ; Plans for suicide ; Hitler's last delusions ; The "rebel speech" ; Collaboration with Heinrici ; Berlin will not be defended
32. Annihilation : Hitler's condition ; Fear and pity ; Last birthday ; Goering goes to Berchtesgaden ; My flight ; In the Hamburg radio bunker ; Last visit to Hitler ; Situation conference ; Farewell to Magda Goebbels and Eva Brawn ; Last words with Hitler ; Himmler and his notions ; Doenitz ; Tears ; Responsibility
33. Stations of imprisonment : Flensburg ; Mondorf ; Versailles ; Kransberg ; Nuremberg
34. Nuremberg : Interrogations ; Collective responsibility ; Cross-examination
35. Conclusions : The judgment ; The sentence ; My own fate ; Skepticism.
- Translation of Erinnerungen.
Includes bibliographical references.
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
John Penman Wood Fund.
Winston, Richard, translator.
Winston, Clara, translator.
Davidson, Eugene, 1902-2002, writer of introduction.
- Other format:
- Online version: Speer, Albert, 1905-1981. Erinnerungen. English. Inside the Third Reich.
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