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Alfred Rosenberg
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2 July 2012
Regarded as the second most important book to come out of Nazi Germany, this book is a philosophical and political map which outlines the ideological background to the Nazi Party and maps out how that party viewed society, other races, social ordering, religion, art, aesthetics and the structure of the state. _x000D_x000D_The "Mythus" to which Rosenberg refers was the concept of blood, which, according to the preface, "unchains the racial world-revolution." _x000D_x000D_Rosenberg's no-hold barred depiction of the history of Christianity earned it the accusation that it was anti-Christian, and that unjustified controversy overshadowed the most interesting sections of the book which deal with the world racial situation and the demand for racially homogeneous states as the only method to preserve individual world cultures. _x000D_x000D_Rosenberg was hanged at Nuremberg on charges of "waging wars of aggression" even though he had never served in the military, and it is likely that he was hanged purely because of this book.

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  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: (2 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471770664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471770661
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alfred Rosenberg (12 January 1893 – 16 October 1946) was an early and intellectually influential member of the Nazi Party. Rosenberg was first introduced to Adolf Hitler by Dietrich Eckart; he later held several important posts in the Nazi government. He is considered one of the main authors of key Nazi ideological creeds, including its racial theory, persecution of the Jews, Lebensraum, abrogation of the Treaty of Versailles, and opposition to "degenerate" modern art. He is also known for his rejection of Christianity, having played an important role in the development of Positive Christianity, which he intended to be transitional to a new Nazi faith. At Nuremberg he was tried, sentenced to death and executed by hanging as a war criminal. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major work of the 20th Century 8 Aug 2004
This work must rate as one of the most significant of the 20th Century. The author, hanged in 1946 after the Nuremburg show trials, was a Baltic German who had seen Bolshevism at first hand during 1918 and who wrote this book as an overview of European history from a National Socialist perspective. One of the most significant fighters against the burgeoning power of "world jewry", Rosenberg was, in effect, Hitler's main ideological adviser on questions involving Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and the Jews generally.
On the face of it, it seems amazing that this book has been so long out of print in both German and English; on the other hand, neither English nor German National Socialists own the major publishing houses, bookshop chains etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Alternative You Never Knew You Had 9 Dec 1998
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In this, his seminal work, Alfred Rosenberg offers the reader a genuine alternative to the political and spiritual attitudes which modern Western society leads us to believe are our only options. From every center of power today we are told that we MUST accept democracy as the only "good" form of government, that we MUST choose either the Judeo-Christian tradition, the New Age movement, or secular humanism as our faith, and that we MUST look to either Adam Smith or Karl Marx for economic wisdom. In "The Myth of the Twentieth Century," Rosenberg takes aim at all of these assumptions and presents us with a worldview entirely different from any of those based upon them--one with its roots deep in those primeval affective, aesthetic, and intellectual inclinations characteristic of the Caucasian race. He argues powerfully for an organic polity as opposed to a universalist one--most specifically in the Germany of his time--but more generally for Western Civilization as a whole. At the heart of his argument is the provocative thesis that each of the races of the human species possesses a different kind of "soul," which is the origin of human cultural diversity. Environmental influences cannot account for the differences in style and achievement among the races, he argues; the respective environmental conditions under which they have lived have been far too similar to admit of such an explanation. Advancements in the scientific understanding of genetics made since Rosenberg's death, moreover, lend weight to his thesis and make it well worth a thoughful look. "The Myth of the Twentieth Century" will be of interest to those searching for their identity and its significance amid the anomic trends of contemporary Western life, as well as those looking for a socially relavent philosophy with some depth as an alternative to Establishment prejudices and platitudes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nazi Views of Jews and Slavs; National Socialism as a Form of Socialism, etc. 26 Jun 2008
By Jan Peczkis - Published on
I give this book five stars solely for its historical value. Rosenberg was one of the Nuremberg defendants hanged.

There is much content in this book, and I will only touch on a few themes. Rosenberg relates his thinking to topics as diverse as the ancient Greeks, Teutonic mythology, religion (especially Christianity), papal politics, past German statesmen and philosophers, modern science, etc.

Rosenberg faults the Bible for teaching creation out of nothing, a 6,000 year-old earth, and the existence of Noah's Ark (p. 394). Unlike Hitler, who summarily dismissed Christianity as an effeminate Jewish invention, Rosenberg spends much time trying to "de-Judaize" Christianity, going as far as insisting that Jesus Christ was not a Jew. (p. 382)

The Jews-are-parasites theme of MEIN KAMPF is repeated by Rosenberg (p. 286). He also praises Emmanuel Kant for calling Jews "a nation of shopkeepers and swindlers" and Arthur Schopenhauer for calling Jews "the great masters of lies." (p. 434)

As for the Slavs, Rosenberg cites the Czechs as consisting of a Nordic-Slavic nobility and lower orders. (p. 57) This echoes the Nazi belief that all Slavic leadership, achievement, culture, creativity, etc., is produced by a thin upper crust of Slavicized Germans. There is no such thing as Slavic culture; it is all copied German culture. During WWII, Rosenberg's views on "race defilement" (pp. 373-374) were widely put into practice.

Nazism is sometimes conflated with nationalism. Actually, Rosenberg criticized it: "The old nationalism was manifoldly not sincere. It was a mere cover for large agrarian and industrial, and later, finance-capitalist, private interests." (p. 335). Genuine nationalism, according to Rosenberg, existed only when serving the needs of the Volk, and fused with socialism. (pp. 335-336, 338) In fact, Rosenberg commented: "Thus whoever wishes to be a nationalist today, must also be a socialist." (p. 336)

Indeed, there is no doubt about the fact that National Socialism was a form of socialism. In common with other Nazis (e. g., Goebbels), Rosenberg often attacked both capitalism and Communism, sometimes in the same sentence: e. g., "...bourgeois avariciousness, criminal Marxist insanity..." (p. 351) He praised Bismarck for having socialized the railways. (p. 336, 339)

National Socialism can best be understood as a racialist-socialist system that superseded all previous concepts of government, nation, etc. Rosenberg said: "Our new idea places Volk and race higher than the existing state and its forms. It declares protection of the people to be more important than protection of a religious creed, a class, of the monarchy or the republic." (p. 339)
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting history of Western mankind 2 July 2013
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It's difficult to sum up this book in a mere review, because there is simply so much that Rosenberg touches on. He writes with a unique grasp of history that is unlike anything I have read before. Rosenberg moves quickly through his summary of the history of Western mankind: Specific emphasis is put on the influences of Christianity and Judaism on Western man's racial development; Attention is also given to art, politics, nature, music, architecture, theology, and philosophy.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book for me personally is the important difference that Rosenberg makes between the concepts of *love* and *honor*. Love, for Rosenberg, has been corrupted by the Christian church and has been claimed as the highest of all values in today's ultra-egalitarian society. Honor, however, goes beyond the often frivolous aspects of "love". It is in honor, according to Rosenberg, that man finds his sense of responsibility and decency. Once these are firmly achieved, true love will then find its own way.

It is often said that the Christian church gave Europe its civilization. Rosenberg argues that in fact, the opposite is true: It is European man that gave Christianity *its* civilization. This interesting argument is quite plausible when one considers that from the very beginning, the Christian church outside of Europe (ie, Africa, Asia, etc.) never developed the kind of cultural achievements that it did in Europe. In any event, Rosenberg's history of the Church is most intriguing.

For all his criticisms of Christianity, however, it is clear that he does NOT believe that Christianity has always been a totally corrupt institution all the way through. He discusses how some of Christianity's best ideas actually originated in various outside influences, specifically Zoroastrianism. This itself was later adopted and altered by Judaism; it was then further distorted in the religion built around the apostle Paul, which eventually became known as Christianity.

Again, I must stress that it is difficult to sum up everything, simply because there is so much intriguing content to absorb with this book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Race and Race Soul 20 Sep 2002
By Joey E Boyum - Published on
To say Myth of The Twentieth Century is hard to find is a gross understatement. One can find Mein Kampf everywhere. This i believe is due to Mein Kampf's ponderous size, and general incomprehensibility. Myth is concise, readable, and the product of a truly brillant writer. The only man at nuremburg hanged for writing a book. I find it amusing that everyone that attacks Rosenberg's views reverts to ad hominium attacks, ie name calling. If you can find this book BUY IT, READ IT, APPLY IT. At least read it on line. Worth the time and effort and eye strain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nazi Ideology 24 Mar 2014
By Stuart E. Hersh - Published on
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For those studying he Nazi era, and the involved in the study of the philosophical roots of National Socialism's ideology, this book is a must have.
Alfred Rosenberg, as the Nazi Party's chief ideologue, helped shape the course of the Nazi Party, and later, the path that Nazi Germay would take from 1933-1945. He also served as the Nazi Minister for the Nazi-occupied Eastern territories. As a reward for his part as one of Hitler's trusted associates, He was put on trial at Nuremberg, in 1945, and executed by hanging.
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