Albert Speer

Albert Speer quotes

Quotes by and about Albert Speer

(Continued from his main entry on the site.)

Speer: "Hitler was the first [dictator] to be able to employ the implements of technology to multiply crime. ... The more technological the world becomes, the more essential will be the demand for individual freedom and the self-awareness of the individual human being as a counterpoise to technology. ... Consequently this [Nuremberg] trial must contribute to laying down the ground rules for life in human society."

[On his sentence at the Nuremberg Trials:]
Speer: "20 years. Well ... that's fair enough. They couldn't have given me a lighter sentence, considering the facts, and I can't complain. I said the sentences must be severe, and I admitted my share of the guilt, so it would be ridiculous if I complained about the punishment."

Joachim Fest: "It remains a mystery how such a rational character could develop the naive faith that was a prerequisite for belonging to Hitler's inner circle."