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Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

Mein Kampf (1926)

by Adolf Hitler

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The edition of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf I read was the pre World War 2 english translation by James Murphy (who worked in Goebbels's Ministry of Propaganda from 1934 to 1938), it contains both Volume 1: A Retrospect & Volume 2: The national Socialist Movement. It is fully unexpurgated.

Below I intend to both discuss the book and provide reasoning for the rating of 4 stars. If you disagree with such a rating, the work itself or my review and wish to discuss such, please comment below after reading this.

Onto the review:

To properly appreciate the insight, philosophy and madness that is laid out in Mein Kampf one needs to have a reasonable understanding of Germany & Europe in the 1820-1930 era otherwise you will come away with a flawed viewpoint (as is often the risk with autobiographical works). Today the common misconception is that Hitler's anti-Jewish sentiment was unique and hitherto unknown, however this certainly is not the case. Throughout Europe the Jewish population were not given full rights and faced routine discrimination (such as Prussia's laws against Jewish residents holding certain professions); such discrimination slowly began to be overturned throughout the mid to late 1800s. This led to Jewish residents moving to new towns and into new professions. As a result, natural citizens began to see Jews in areas they previously did not reside, and the successful career opportunities of the assimated Jews saw envy and resentment bubble beneath the surface of society.

This resentment took the form of numerous anti-Jewish newspapers, political parties and a shift in anti-semitism. The focus of anti-semitism went from the Jewish religion to the Jewish race as people began to define themselves by their shared cultural background as opposed to their religions (many European Jews had converted to Christianity).

It is within this background of rising anti-semitism a young Adolf Hitler is educated. In Mein Kampf he relays on the struggles and self-sabotage of his early life: the rejection from art-school with a recommendation to undertake artitecture, however he is unable to due so due to purposely failing classes in order to follow his painting aspirations.

As volume 1 continues, Hitler lays out a rather astute insight into the causes of Germany's loss in world war 1 and a history of the destabilisation of the German nation is covered in both volumes; the first volume being a general history, the second volume being how events lead to policies of the National Socialist Movement.

This first volume is where most hatred of the book generally stems from, but despite being so well known for it's anti-semitism it's religious content is comparatively foreign to most people today. Early on Hitler lays out that he is essentially on a mission from God to kill all the Jews, in his own words: "[The Jews] very existence is an incarnate denial of the beauty of God's image in His creation".

One could mistake such for merely an overly dramatic use of language, however, there are many pages spent on the decay of Christianity due to the rise of European Judaism including the following: "if for reasons of indolence or cowardice this fight is not fought to a finish we may imagine what conditions will be like 500 years hence. Little of God's image will be left in human nature except to mock the Creator". It's rather chilling knowing Hitler was openly advertising his desires to wipe out the Jewish population of Germany as far back as 1920, and yet such a warning was not heeded.

Taking the historical context into account it leaves one wondering if Hitler was a madman by nature or by nuture - merely a product of his environment. Having been rampantly told again and again that Jews were the problem by his Church, his understanding of Christianity, newspapers, intellectuals (such as Arthur De Goineau), society in general and his flawed logical reasoning on racial purity (which was not corrected by a proper education), is it any wonder he sought to go about "solving" the Jewish problem? He even remarks in Mein Kampf how he admires Otto von Bismarck who despite his many positive attributes was also anti-Jewish.

If it were only such flawed logic entailed in Mein Kampf it would be hardly worthy of attention beyond historical value, however such content is not the entire book. Some of its content would probably be supported by most of society today, such as the negative disposition toward sexualised advertising and Hitler's anti-prostitution/pro-marriage stance.

I also found it rather interesting that in light of history, Hitler lays out his belief that disabled and genetically ill people should not be looked upon as a disgrace by society but that their disability/illness is an accident and beyond their control. Yet, he also continues that in order to save future Germans from such accidents the genetically inferior should be sterilised, yet allowed to live a normal life nonetheless.

In addition to such there are also some rather interesting concepts such as Hitler's philosophical thoughts on why society was in a downward spiral: "towns and cities began more and more to lose their character as centres of civilisation and became more and more centres of habitation". That education should be for all citizens and not just the wealthy, that society needs to be corrected from looking down upon physical labour.

One paragraph I found particularly poignant in relation to today's lazy and indifferent societies was: "the state teaches our young men democratic and pacifist ideas and thus deprives millions and millions of their national instincts, poisons their logical sense of patriotism and gradually turns them into a herd of sheep who will patiently follow any arbitrary command". It is rather true, today being patriotic or embracing nationalism is often associated with being racist or somehow close-minded.

Overall, despite the anti-semitism and the rather one sided view of certain events, it is quite an interesting book. If you have a reasonable understanding of European history you will get more from the book and have more enjoyment analysing Hitler's motivations. It's not a wonderous peace-loving book and in some cases is downright chilling, yet it also contains quite a bit of philosophy that is relevant across all walks of life today. ( )
1 vote HenriMoreaux | Oct 15, 2013 |
I never attack authors, but after the new police-state rules in GR, the rebel in me wants to bad-mouth an author, just to cock my snook at authority.

So, here goes...

The author of this book was one of the vilest human beings who ever lived. I believe he should be hunted down, tortured to death, cut into little pieces, and the remains should be danced on with hob-nailed boots (to borrow from Wodehouse). Unfortunately, he is dead - but I prefer to believe the conspiracy theorists who say he is still alive, so that I can fantasise about trashing him.

And I did not finish this book before reviewing.

So, go on! Flag me!!! ( )
  Nandakishore_Varma | Sep 28, 2013 |
The following is the last paragraph for a book review I did on Mein Kampf for my Contemporary Europe class in Fall 2001:

Besides the thought provoking ideas on foreign policy, Mein Kampf is a terrible work in grammar, spelling, and editing. The hate that Hitler expresses through those flaws throughout it makes it hard to get through. In the end, Mein Kampf is the horribly written autobiography/political doctrine of a mad man whom thought himself a genius. ( )
  mattries37315 | Aug 6, 2013 |
-Slow and rambling. Terrifying in its statements of wars of extermination and the force of propaganda.
-Excellent for understanding the psychology and neuroses of future dictators and megalomaniacs. For example: Hitler's interest in his 'method' of re ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Non ho mai capito perché ce l'avesse tanto con gli ebrei. E anche dopo aver letto il suo libro non l'ho capito...

Lui ce l'ha con i comunisti e dice che il comunismo sta prendendo piede perché è tutto un complotto degli ebrei per dominare il mondo... Mah...

Non sono uno psicologo ma seguo Picozzi in radio da abbastanza tempo per poter dire che Hitler era uno psicopatico paranoide.

Ma bisogna anche dire che politicamente (almeno per quanto riguarda la parte descritta in questo libro) era decisamente tosto. Ha saputo indurre un popolo a seguirlo facendo leva sui punti giusti.

Poi, vabbé, sappiamo tutti com'è andata a finire, stendiamo un velo pietoso...

P.S. Il succitato complotto, tralaltro, si è ripalesato qualche mese or sono, contro un altro odiatore di comunisti, tale Silvio B., alla cui squadra di fussball non è stato dato un gol con pallone oltre la linea di 6km, canaglia di, in un match decisivo.

P.P.S. Germania-Italia, semifinale Euro2012. Per la Germania in campo (o panchina, non ricordo di preciso) Klose e Podolski con origini polacche, Özil con origini turche, Khedira che è un mezzosangue tunisino ed è abbronzato, Boateng che è un mezzosangue ghanese ed è nero, Gomez che è mezzo spagnolo.
In aggiunta, risultato 0 a 2 con doppietta di uno che più nero non si può.
Adolf avrà finito di rotolarsi nella tomba o sarà ancora in movimento?
Avessimo potuto infilargli un palo nel culo e collegarlo a una dinamo, durante quella partita, ora l'Europa intera starebbe ancora usando l'elettricità prodotta in quell'occasione.
  Malla-kun | Sep 22, 2012 |
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On November 9, 1923, at 12:30 in the afternoon, in front of the Feldherrnhalle as well as in the courtyard of the former War Ministry, the following men steadfast in their belief in the resurrection of their people, were killed:

[Names, occupations and birth dates of sixteen (16) men are listed]

So-called national authorities denied these dead heroes a common grave.

Therefore I dedicate to them, for common memory, the first volume of this work, as the blood witnesses of which they may continue to serve as a brilliant example for the followers of our movement.

-- Adolf Hitler, Landsberg on the Lech Prison of the Fortress, October 16, 1924

[Reynal & Hitchcock, New York, 1941 edition published by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin, Boston, Massachusetts
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Today I consider it my good fortune that Fate designated Braunau on the Inn as the place of my birth.

[Reynal & Hitchcock, New York, 1941 edition, published by Houghton Mifflin]
Today I consider it my good fortune that Fate designated Braunau on the Inn as the place of my birth. For this small town is situated on the boarder between those German States, the reunion of which seems, at least to us younger generation, a task to be furthered with every means our lives long. (pg.3)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0395925037, Paperback)

The angry ranting of an obscure, small-party politician, the first volume of Mein Kampf was virtually ignored when it was originally published in 1925. Likewise the second volume, which appeared in 1926. The book details Hitler's childhood, the "betrayal" of Germany in World War I, the desire for revenge against France, the need for lebensraum for the German people, and the means by which the National Socialist party can gain power. It also includes Hitler's racist agenda and his glorification of the "Aryan" race. The few outside the Nazi party who read it dismissed it as nonsense, not believing that anyone could--or would--carry out its radical, terrorist programs. As Hitler and the Nazis gained power, first party members and then the general public were pressured to buy the book. By the time Hitler became chancellor of the Third Reich in 1933, the book stood atop the German bestseller lists. Had the book been taken seriously when it was first published, perhaps the 20th century would have been very different.

Beyond the anger, hatred, bigotry, and self-aggrandizing, Mein Kampf is saddled with tortured prose, meandering narrative, and tangled metaphors (one person was described as "a thorn in the eyes of venal officials"). That said, it is an incredibly important book. It is foolish to think that the Holocaust could not happen again, especially if World War II and its horrors are forgotten. As an Amazon.com reader has pointed out, "If you want to learn about why the Holocaust happened, you can't avoid reading the words of the man who was most responsible for it happening." Mein Kampf, therefore, must be read as a reminder that evil can all too easily grow. --Sunny Delaney

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