West Germany: The Fuhrer's Master Builder

The ritual rarely varied. After an evening of movies in the Reichskanzlei, Adolf Hitler led his guests along a special path to an adjoining building. By flashlight he escorted them into the workroom of his personal architect, Albert Speer. There the Führer, throwing off his customary stiffness, often kept his guests until 3 a.m., describing every detail of the new Berlin that he and Speer were secretly designing.

Here would be the central "Street of Splendor," which would surpass the Champs Elysées in elegance. At the end of the street would be the...

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