Art: Hitler as Architect

"How I wish I had been an architect!" Adolf Hitler often exclaimed to his Nazi master builder, Albert Speer. But he was indeed an architect of sorts. True, Hitler did not build much. His plans for the Third Reich's monuments, worked up into complete designs by Speer, stayed mostly on paper in rough sketches and scale models. The tens of billions of dollars needed to realize these halls, palaces, chancelleries and stadiums were dissipated in war. None of his biggest projects, like the Nuremberg stadium, were built, and most of the monuments of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!