Today, I am answering a question, posed in a comment on my blog, with a new post.
One of the regular readers of my blog asked this question:
“How come Speer got off with basically a slap on the wrist? Compared with the other top dogs in the company, that’s what it seemed like to me.”
I previously blogged about Albert Speer, three years ago, on this blog post:
This quote is from that blog post:
Way back in 1997, I purchased and read the book entitled Inside the Third Reich, Memoirs by Albert Speer in preparation for a trip to Germany during which I planned to visit Nuremberg and then the Dachau concentration camp.
I got out the book and decided to look through it to find out if Albert Speer really acknowledged that he had designed the Nazi gas chambers. Fortunately, his book has an extensive index, which I consulted before reading the book again. The book is 526 pages long, so Thank God, he included an index.
In checking the index of Speer’s Memoirs, I found the term “Gas warfare,” but not “gas chambers,” nor any other reference to gassing. In reading Speer’s book, back in 1997, I was struck by the fact that he was very proud of the structures that he had designed. Did he leave out any mention of the gas chambers in his Memoirs because he was not proud of designing them?
Near the end of his book, on page 523, Speer admitted his guilt as a war criminal. This quote is from Speer’s Memoirs:
I had participated in a war, which as we of the intimate circle should never have doubted, was aimed at world domination. What is more, by my abilities and my energies, I had prolonged that war by many months. I had assented to having the globe of the world crown that domed hall which was to be the symbol of the new Berlin. Nor was it only symbolically that Hitler dreamed of possessing the globe. It was part of his dream to subjugate other nations. France, I had heard him say many times, was to be reduced to the status of a small nation. Belgium, Holland, even Burgundy, were to be incorporated into his Reich. The national life of the Poles and the Soviet Russians was to be extinguished; they were to made into helot peoples. Nor, for one who wanted to listen, had Hitler concealed his intention to exterminate the Jewish people. In his speech of January 30, 1939, he openly stated as much. Although I never actually agreed with Hitler on these questions, I had nevertheless designed the buildings and produced the weapons that served his ends.