Hitler Adolf - Mein Kampf Michael Ford

Author : Hitler Adolf
Title : Mein Kampf Michael Ford
Year : 1930

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Mein Kampf is one of the most widely known and heavily quoted books of all time. It demonstrates both Hitler’s ability to persuade and his ability to instill a sense of heroic destiny. It is critical that you understand Hitler’s reasoning. Short, one-hour video documentaries only provide an abbreviated discussion of “what Hitler did”, leaving the viewer clueless about who he was and why he did it. His own words are the best way to understand why. When most people hear the title, Mein Kampf, their first reaction is a growing emotional outburst that finally erupts in a yell of anti-Semitism; however anyone who has read Mein Kampf knows there is much more to the work. It is a retrospective on history, politics, and a guide to achieving power from the point of view of Adolf Hitler. It has become a dictators’ manual, which has been read by all major dictators since World War II including Sadam Hussein who patterned his political movement, the Ba’ath party, after the Nazi party. The accuracy of the political parts of Mein Kampf was proven by Hitler’s successful rise to power and by the rise of those who have followed his formula. Many people think Mein Kampf is a long diatribe against Jews and other races. The truth is that only a small part of Mein Kampf is anti-Semitic. The majority of the book involves Hitler’s discussion of the German people’s difficult times after the First World War, his political theories and his organization of the Nazi Party, and it includes an especially large number of attacks against his enemies. Mein Kampf is a large work that offers an interesting interpretation of politics, people, and foreign policy matters. To characterize it as simply a racist work is to oversimplify its message. Germany did not follow Hitler because he was a racist, they followed him because he promised a great future, and Mein Kampf is where he promised that great future. It is important to understand that reading anti-Semitic passages or passages on race will not turn anyone into an anti-Semite. You do not have to worry about being filled with hatred simply by reading Mein Kampf; it is not a magic tome. Some people have so little faith in their own beliefs that they fear any exposure to Mein Kampf might twist them into something evil. If their beliefs are so fragile, so easily twisted, then they are already evil. Unfortunately, many people are afraid that if they do not violently reject anything connected to Mein Kampf, and reject it in a showy way so that everyone sees their public display of rejection, then it somehow means they approve of the Holocaust. Of course, that is not logical reasoning and it seems silly when it is spelled out, but people often live by their gut reaction and do not think about why they dislike Mein Kampf—they just know they “do” or that they “should”. They are driven by fear, which leads to a hatred of Mein Kampf without a rational basis and without the need to read it in order to understand what it says. They want to live in a simple world where they can conveniently dismiss Hitler as a raving lunatic along with anyone else who does not immediately jump up at the mention of his name to join in the shouting match. It is foolish to dismiss Hitler’s words as the rantings of a psychopath. To do so is to ignore historical facts. The people of Germany did not follow a ranting crazy man into war. They willingly followed someone they saw as a leader, a father, even a god, because they believed in him. To dismiss his work as lunacy is the equivalent of hiding your head in the sand and pretending the world is a nice place where nothing bad can happen again now that Hitler is gone. To claim Hitler was simply crazy is to over simplify the facts and ignore the obvious. Someone else will appear who uses the same formula to gain power. If you cannot recognize the signs of Hitlerian Power, if you do not know how to counter their efforts, if you remain confused and uncertain as your opponent makes his moves, step by step with decisiveness and intention, and your inaction allows him to come closer to power, then you have already lost and they have won, for they know the rules of the game and you do not. Only through understanding can we come to grips with why the German people followed Hitler and why so many today still follow his example. The Mein Kampf book has had a number of incarnations. The first volume was written while Hitler served a prison sentence in 1924(Published July 1925). The second volume was published in December 1926. Later, after 1930, the two volumes were combined into the Mein Kampf we know today. Special editions were produced for Hitler’s 50th birthday, for wedding gifts, and a special soldier’s edition among others. Mein Kampf is not strictly autobiographical or strictly political; it is a combination of both. Mein Kampf has elements that are autobiographical—for instance, the first chapter of Mein Kampf is about Hitler’s childhood, but even this is a political exposition. Hitler’s personal life was so devoted to political ideas that even strictly biographical sections had to be very political in nature. Hitler never sat down to write Mein Kampf. One of the benefits he was allowed in prison was a personal secretary. His secretaries Rudolf Hess and Emil Maurice typed as Hitler paced across the floor and around the desk, dictating what he wanted the Nazi party to know. The second volume was dictated to Hess and Maurice in Hitler’s villa on Obersalzberg. Mein Kampf was primarily intended as an internal guide for his followers. In it, he reveals more than he might have wanted the public to know. One of the most marked characteristics of Mein Kampf is its emotional tone. It is difficult not to be moved by many passages when Hitler speaks of perceived injustices dealt to the German people. This gave his speeches great power and, though tempered in the written word, this power can still be felt very clearly. The tone can be in part attributed to the environment in which it was composed. Hitler’s standing and pacing in his small cell, speaking as his thoughts flowed while Hess frantically transcribed his words, trying to keep up. Hitler increasingly worked himself to frenzy, building on his own fervor, until he became exhausted. The title Hitler initially wanted to give his work reflects the emotional nature of its content: Four and a Half Years of Fighting Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice. His editor found this title to be wordy and asked him to change it to Mein Kampf. Mein Kampf is most commonly translated as “My Struggle”, however, the real meaning is somewhere between “My Struggle” and “My Battle” for the people. It was not intended to describe his own greatness; it was meant to describe his battle for the greatness of Germany and for the preservation of the German race and the world. Today, many people accept Hitler’s contention that human existence is controlled by the laws of an eternal conflict and struggle for a greater good. This is by definition the classic Hero’s Struggle. It is not surprising that people followed Hitler. It is surprising that more did not. His words offered the chance for everyone to participate in his personal Hero’s journey—to be a part of something greater than they could ever be on their own. He was the hero of his own story, of course, only a fool would write their autobiography any other way. He appealed to very basic human instincts which are still present in everyone and still just as available for another would-be leader to massage and control. Hitler’s words have a universal appeal that will continue to resonate among people who seek something greater than they perceive their own life to be. The world has become so distracted by the later events of World War II and with the handful of racial comments in Mein Kampf, it has forgotten about the significance of the Third Reich’s other activities. Hitler withdrew from the League of Nations; Hitler marched into the Rhineland; Hitler repudiated German disarmament; Hitler took back the coal mines of the Saar and established a National Socialist government; Hitler joined Mussolini in Spain and marched into Austria; Hitler forced Chamberlain to accept the Munich pact. With each act, the world covered their eyes and proclaimed, “Thank goodness this will be the last of Nazi aggressions”. Yet Hitler’s future plans were already spelled out in Mein Kampf. Many have criticized world leaders for not taking the words in Mein Kampf more seriously and for not using it as a guide to thwart Hitler’s plans. Such accusations are the result of hindsight. Mein Kampf does lay out very clearly Hitler’s plans, however they are only clear in retrospect. It would be foolish to even attempt to predict what decisions a man will make tomorrow. Hitler made many statements in Mein Kampf that were open to interpretation, and many of his statements were revised or reversed in his later speeches. Many of his actions were not predictable, such as his nonaggression pact with Russia and alliance with Japan, which both completely contradicted Mein Kampf. Following the exact plan of Mein Kampf would have made those events appear impossible. Mein Kampf may have clearly predicted a future in 1925, but there was no way anyone could have used it to see that future, no more than if they copied Mein Kampf quotes onto Tarot cards and attempted to divine Hitler’s plans through a card reading. Even if his individual decisions were not certified and dated, his overall plan was clear and should have been the incitement needed to act much earlier. Unfortunately, the world wanted to wait for proof, more proof, and finally, they wanted to see him act before they felt forced to act against him. Hitler did not have this weakness. He recognized a threat or saw a goal and acted immediately, often even before he had the first piece of proof. That gave him the advantage for many years. Hitler plays on the common belief of the time in Germany that Jews were responsible for their loss in the First World War: “...the Jewish financial and Marxist press intentionally incited the hatred against Germany until one state after another gave up its neutrality and joined the World War coalition, ignoring the real interests of their people in the process”. This view was easy to accept within the borders of Germany, with limited information and a limited view of world events and a history of anti-Semitism. It ignores the accumulation of economic, political, and military rivalries, and the violation of Belgian neutrality that drove England into the war. It also ignores America’s entry into the war which was a clear turning point. These factors, and not the influence of Jewish Germans, turned the tables in The First World War. However, these facts were of no use to Hitler and even the German people were not interested in hearing them. The mood of the German people in 1933 made them dangerously susceptible to falling under the spell of a strong leader. They tried to return to their normal lives and find some national self-respect, but instead they found the way blocked by other nations and blind misunderstanding. The war victors were interested only in reparations. The German labor parties, which might have helped, were split into half a dozen warring camps. This occurred at a time when the people had become accustomed to a long period of strong nationalism. Order and security became more important than a political freedom and that was synonymous with violence and bloodshed. Hitler saw these problems and spoke directly to people’s fears and desires. The German people wanted a strong leader to solve their problems, a leader who could return their national self-respect. To the German people, anti-Semitism, concentration camps, and political oppression were byproducts of what was needed to achieve their desires. Following Hitler was not a great leap for the German people. It was what they needed, when they needed it. Understanding how a leader can appeal to and control a nation without being questioned is critical to identifying similar events unfolding today. Michael Ford Editor. ...

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