Cathedral of Light

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Albert Speer, 1905–81

Nuremberg, Germany; 1937

The Nazis, who took control of Germany in the 1930s, are now regarded as the epitome of an evil government. During the Nazi era, the state turned against many of its citizens and sought programmatically to exterminate Jews, the nomadic Roma people, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others who were seen to be anti-Nazi.

Their leader, Adolf Hitler, took a strong interest in art and architecture, and his main architect, Albert Speer, was one of his most trusted aides. Speer planned grandiose schemes for the centre of Berlin, the most excessive of which never came to fruition, ...

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