Mein Kampf

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Houghton Mifflin, Sep 15, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 720 pages
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In 1922, just four years after the war to end all wars, an unknown Austrian then living in Bavaria planned a pamphlet to be called Settling Accounts. In it he intended to attack the ineffectiveness of the dominant political parties in Germany which were opposed to the new National Socialists (Nazis). In November 1923, Adolf Hitler was jailed for the abortive Munich Beer Hall putsch along with men willing and able to assist him with his writing. With the help of these collaborators, chief among them Rudolf Hess, the pamphlet became a book. Settling Accounts became Mein Kampf, an unparalleled example of muddled economics and history, appalling bigotry, and an intense self-glorification of Adolf Hitler as the true founder and builder of the National Socialist movement. It was written in hate and it contained a blueprint for violent bloodshed. When Mein Kampf was published in 1925, it was a failure. In 1926 a second volume appeared. it was no more successful than the first. People either laughed at it or ignored it. They were wrong to do so. As Hitler's power increased, pressure was put on all party members to buy the book. Gradually this pressure was extended to all elements of the German population. Soon Mein Kampf was even being passed out to newlywed couples as a gift. Ironically, and frighteningly, by the time Hitler came to power on January 30, 1933, what has been considered by many to be the most satanic book ever written was running neck and neck with the Bible at the top of the German bestseller lists. In his excellent introduction to this definitive American translation of Mein Kampf, Konrad Heiden writes: "For years Mein Kampf stood as proof of the blindness and complacency of the world. For in its pages Hitler announced -- long before he came to power -- a program of blood and terror in a self-revelation of such overwhelming frankness that few among its readers had the courage to believe it ... That such a man could go so far toward realizing his ambitions, and -- above all -- could find millions of willing tools and helpers; that is a phenomenon the world will ponder for centuries to come." We would be wrong in thinking that such a program, such a man, and such appalling consequences could not reappear in our world of the present. We cannot permit our selves the luxury of forgetting the tragedy of World War II or the man who, more than any other, fostered it. Mein Kampf must be read and constantly remembered as a specimen of evil demagoguery that people whenever men grow tired of thinking and acting for themselves. Mein Kampf is a blueprint for the age of chaos. It transcends in historical importance any other book of the present generation. In his translation Ralph Manheim has taken particular care to give an exact English equivalent of Hitler's highly individual, and often awkward style, including his occasional grammatical errors. We believe this book should stand as the complete, final, and definitive English version of Hitler's own story of his life, his political philosophy, and his thwarted plans for world domination. Translated by Ralph Manheim with an introduction by Konrad Heiden. A compilation of Hitler's most famous prison writings of 1923--the bible of National Socialism and the blueprint for the Third Reich.

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Mein Kampf
Author Adolph Hitler
I'm walking through the library,
Guildford Surrey Public Library.
minding my own business,
browsing through books.
Looking at the books on a shelf
I stumbled upon this one book.
A book that had once held the title of
"The German Bible."
Every household in Germany had one,
or should I say was forced to have one.
It became part of the educational system.
A model, a guide
to what makes an Aryan an Aryan.
Hitlers views,
Now-a-days rejected by scholars. Duh!
It's surprising how many ass lickers there were in those days.
Oh, let's pick the B's
Brandt, his doctor
Blunck, his propagandist
Berger, his Chief of Staff Waffen SS
Boepple implicated in the final solution.
thousands more and that's just the B's.
Check it out!
A list of all Hitler's ass lickers
I've had a lot of luck with this shelf called,
Books We Liked, but not this time.
Who the hell picks them and
who pray tell picked this one.
Who agreed.
The Library SS!
I pretended I didn't see it.
I walked the aisle, back and forth,
then went back to it.
I opened it up quickly. Yes this was it!
I had always wanted to read it.
It was a bit embarrassing,
checking it out,
hoping no one was watching.
I slipped it into a brown paper bag,
and hid it under my jacket.
Why? I don't know.
What made me react that way?
It was just a book.
and not very well written but,
I believe in Free speech and all.
I got home and within minutes I was into it.
Then, and then, what?
Are you kidding me,
Animals, The Final Solution,
What a bunch of crap.
Don't bother reading it,
it has as many pages as the bloody Bible,
for Christ's sake. Oops!
And it's all political rant.
Really, this book. This rant on rants.
Forced on the people of Germany.
Could they not read between the lines?
And surprisingly it was true,
it really, really, happened.
All as he wanted and predicted.
Now, that's positive thinking!
He aimed high.
Everyone was forewarned,
so who is to blame.
If it wasn't for it's historical importance.
I don't think anyone would read it, today.
Then, I look again,
The middle east, Islam, the Koran,
Egypt, Siria, Israel.
and the hated America.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 911
Live video of decapitations.
It happens.
I know
this has nothing to do
with beautiful British Columbia but,
who knows,
maybe something
like that could happen again.
Do you think!
Well now that I got that done,
I'll check it off my bucket list.
Read Mein Kempf.
I should take up sky diving.
Dog Brindle.


In the House of My Parents
Years of Study and Suffering in Vienna
General Political Considerations Based on My Vienna Period

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Politicial leader Adolf Hilter was born in Austria on April 20, 1889. As a young man, he wanted to become an artist, but was rejected twice by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. While in Vienna, he worked as a struggling painter copying scenes from postcards and selling his paintings to merchants and tourists. He served in the Bavarian army during World War I and received two Iron Crosses for his service. He was discharged from the army in March 1920. On April 1, 1924, he was sentenced to five years in Landsberg prison for the crime of conspiracy to commit treason. While there, he dictated his political book Mein Kampf (My Struggle) to his deputy Rudolf Hess. He was released in December 1924 because he was considered relatively harmless. He was the leader of the Nazi party and gained political power using oratory and propaganda, appealing to economic need, nationalism, and anti-Semitism during a time Germany was in crisis. He became a German citizen in 1932, the Chancellor of Germany in 1933, and the Fuhrer of Germany in 1934. He started World War II by invading other countries in order to expand Germany. He also terminated millions of people considered undesireable to his view of an ideal race, which is now referred to as the Holocaust. This genocide lead to the deaths of approximately 11 million people including but not limited to Jews, communists, homosexuals, Roma, Jehovah's Witnesses, and prisoners-of-war. Hitler committed suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin on April 30, 1945. The copyright for Mein Kampf is held by the Free State of Bavaria and will expire in 2015. In Germany, reproductions are primarily authorized only for scholarly purposes and in heavily commented form.

Ralph Manheim (1907-1992) was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. is named in honor of Manheim and his work.

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