Albert Speer dies in London at the age of 76. Originally an architect and apolitical, he became enthralled with Adolf Hitler after watching him speak. His vision and ideas ended up pleasing Hitler so much that he became a member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle.
Eventually he was named Minister of Armaments and War Production, an office from which he personally directed the Nazi production of war materiel — often through the use of slave labor, for which he was tried at the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal.
At the Nuremberg trial Albert Speer was unique in the extent to which he was willing to take responsibility. He not only accepted responsibility for the areas over which he had direct control, but also a measure of collective responsibility for what the Nazi government did as a whole. This suggested greater honesty and moral integrity than other high Nazi officials.
On the other hand, there have been numerous examples of Albert Speer being dishonest in order to make himself (and sometimes even Hitler) look better than reality would demand. Thus his willingness to accept responsibility for war crimes was sharply limited by his willingness to be truthful about his actions.
Albert Speer was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, but only given a sentence of 20 years instead of death because of his efforts at the end of the war to undermine Adolf Hitler's actions.