Note 032
by Joachim C. Fest

32 Speer's memorandum to Hitler of 29th March 1945, IMT, XLI Speer-24. Schwerin von Krosigk's verdict on Speer's ministerial role:

'Speer's personality played a greater part in his success than his technical knowledge - certainly indisputable in details- or his talent for organization. His artistic imagination had enabled him to discern the constructive lines more rapidly and to a wider extent than others and to grasp their importance - it also stopped him from giving his ministry a practical plan of organisation. Under him worked, not departments with firmly delineated duties, but men with specific tasks which often over- lapped' (Es geschah in Deutschland).

From Chapter 16, Albert Speer , Part 3 of The Face Of The Third Reich by J.C. Fest -- See further Notes

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