Wednesday 21 February 2018

Albert Speer Jr, son of Nazi architect, dies in Germany

Speer was 12 when his father was convicted of war crimes (AP)
Speer was 12 when his father was convicted of war crimes (AP)

Albert Speer Jr, the son of Adolf Hitler's chief architect who had his own accomplished architectural career but struggled to distance himself from his father's legacy, has died at the age of 83.

The architecture firm he founded, Albert Speer + Partner GmbH, said Mr Speer died on Saturday in Frankfurt.

Mr Speer was 12 when his father was convicted in Nuremberg of war crimes and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

He told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper in an interview in 2010 he was "annoyed" to always be asked about his father.

"I have tried my whole life to distance myself from my father," he said.

Professionally, Mr Speer concentrated on designing environmentally sound and energy-efficient buildings.

His firm was selected to design the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

AP

Press Association

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editors Choice

Also in World News