Al­bert Speer Jr

Ar­chi­tect and son of Nazi min­is­ter BORN JULY 29, 1934 DIED SEPTEM­BER 15, 2017, AGED 83

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HE fol­lowed his fa­ther into the same pro­fes­sion but Al­bert Speer Jr spent his en­tire life trying to dis­tance him­self from his name­sake and the man Hitler considered one of his clos­est con­fi­dants.

Known as “the devil’s ar­chi­tect” Speer Snr designed and con­structed the Re­ich Chan­cellery and even­tu­ally rose to be­come min­is­ter of ar­ma­ments and war pro­duc­tion in 1942.

Three years later he was con­victed in Nurem­berg of war crimes and sen­tenced to 20 years in prison.

For his son Al­bert Jr it marked the be­gin­ning of a life­time of ques­tions about his fa­ther’s in­volve­ment with the Nazis.

In 2005 he took part in a TV doc­u­men­tary about his fa­ther but said lit­tle about him there­after.

Born in Ber­lin and the el­dest of six chil­dren, Al­bert Jr was a fourth­gen­er­a­tion ar­chi­tect who be­came known for his eco­log­i­cally sus­tain­able public works projects across Europe, Asia and Africa.

After his fa­ther’s im­pris­on­ment the fam­ily moved to Hei­del­berg to live with grand­par­ents but prior to that Al­bert Jr used to play on the veranda of Hitler’s Alpine re­treat.

“From the per­spec­tive of a young boy,” he once re­called, “Hitler was a nice un­cle to me. I was al­lowed to play with the dogs, I got sweets. I was seven or eight, we didn’t know…”

In 1964 he set up his own ur­ban plan­ning prac­tice, later known as Al­bert Speer & Part­ner (AS&P) and the business now em­ploys 200 staff in of­fices in Frank­furt and Shanghai.

The firm’s most cel­e­brated works in­clude the suc­cess­ful Qatar 2022 World Cup bid and the Cen­tral Axis of Bei­jing, a scheme designed while serv­ing as lead de­signer for the 2008 Sum­mer Olympics.

His death fol­lowed an op­er­a­tion on a bro­ken hip sus­tained in a fall. He is sur­vived by his wife Ing­mar Zeis­berg, an ac­tress.

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