Albert Speer, one of the most dubious personalities in German history. His complex nature is seen through his work, but also the way he presented himself. Albert Speer had a traumatic childhood but when his cunning intelligence and amazing work ethic were combined he saw himself become one the most relevant figures in the Third Reich. Albert Speer attended few speeches from Hitler before being overwhelmed by how strong and understanding the Nazi party was presented. Speer later joined the Nazi party on the 1st of March 1931, becoming the 474 481st member. Soon after joining Albert Speer met Karl Hanke, who was a essential part of the Nazi propaganda machine that expressed the Nazi beliefs and objectives.