An accomplished architect himself, Albert Speer Jr. struggled to distance himself from his father’s legacy, remembers visits to Hitler as joyous events.
Albert Speer Jr., son of Adolf Hitler’s chief architect who had his own accomplished architectural career but struggled to distance himself from his father’s legacy, died Friday in Frankfurt at age 83.
Speer was 12 when his father was convicted in Nuremburg of “war crimes” and sentenced to 20 years in prison, where he was for much of his son’s childhood.
In a 2010 interview with German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung he said: “I’m always being asked about my father. It’s annoying. I have tried my whole life to distance myself from my father, but it’s hard for young journalists to accept that.