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Hitler's devotion to the total war made the eventual collapse of Nazism.

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Hitler's devotion to the total war made the eventual collapse of Nazism. All during 1939, Hitler had been spending more and more of his time for trying to figure things out. So far in his career, he had been the humbling and outmaneuvering all of his opponents. The problem was that nobody outside Germany believed him anymore. Hitler had lied once too often. And he had made the dreadful mistake of humbling and embarrassing the leaders of the British Empire. Britain would fight, they warned him and it could mean a new world war. But despite the repeated warnings, Hitler was still convinced Britain would back off at the last moment. ...read more.


During the early part of the war, life in Germany did not change radically. Rationing ensured adequate food supplies and the economy was not switched to intensive was production. Goebbels used all the resources at his disposal to build up pride in Germany's military glory. War heroes were popularised and newsreels gloatingly related the story of Germany's victories. However, after 1942, when the course of the war began to turn against Germany, Nazi policy inside Germany became more extreme. Albert Speer, when Fritz Todt was killed in an air accident in February 1942, Speer was appointed to succeed him as minister of armaments, and in September 1943 he was named minister of armaments and war production. ...read more.


On the stand at Nuremberg, Albert Speer, the self-described "second man in the Reich," denied any direct knowledge of the Final Solution. But was he really the innocent functionary he claimed to be? And was he sincere in accepting his share of the Nazis' "collective guilt"? This hard-hitting biography says no--that Speer's avowals of ignorance and repentance were a self-serving sham. The Nazis' world was Albert Speer's first world, according to King. It was among the Nazis that Speer performed with remarkable thoroughness and unquestioned devotion, rising to the position of the Third Reich's Architect and Minister of Armament Production. Albert Speer was given many important commissions to rebuild the whole of Berlin. Looks like Speer's importance and usefulness to Hitler had more to do with a considerable organising ability than his architectural accomplishments alone. ...read more.

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