Even one of his last acts Hitler showed he was nothing else but a fraud on the 19th of March 1945 he issued the “Nero Decree”
The decree ordered the destruction of German infrastructure to prevent their use by Allied forces as they penetrated deep within Germany. It was officially titled Demolitions on Reich Territory Decree (Befehl betreffend Zerstörungsmaßnahmen im Reichsgebiet) and has subsequently become known as the Nero Decree, after the Roman Emperor Nero, who supposedly engineered the Great Fire of Rome.
Hitler had copied so much of the Roman empire so it is not surprising that the decree had similarities with Nero’s orders.
It was up to Albert Speer to implement and carry out the decree, but on this occasion Speer refused and disobeyed the order. I don’t think it was because of his endless love for the German people, I think it was more out of self preservation…
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