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on 2 February 2013
This book is a collection of monologues by Hitler, most of them taken down by his lackey Bormann, a kind of third-rate Boswell, dating from summer 1941 shortly after the invasion of Russia in to the end of November 1944, by which time the Allies were closing in on Germany. At dinner Hitler would bore everyone with his two-hour long monologues. These transcripts are only what were found to be most interesting in them.
Hitler believed his racialist philosophy had scientific, biological underpinnings and clearly the Christian teaching of 'Love thy neighbour' had no place in his world view, nor did the supernatural elements in it (such as the virgin birth or transubstantiation). Certainly, no one who believed that their actions would be weighed in the balance and judged accordingly could have done what Hitler did.
According to Hitler, Jesus was not a Jew but instead was the son of a union between a Roman soldier stationed in Galilee and a Jewess. Jesus wanted to liberate the people from Jewish capitalism and for this reason the Jews killed him, for money is their god. The Bolshevik Saint Paul saw that the Romans were stealing the gold from the Jewish temples so he cunningly took over Christianity in order use it to overthrow Roman rule, as this would protect the Jewish gold. Christianity is the "invention of sick brains", made up of "Jewish filth and priestly twaddle."
In contrast, Hitler had a favourable attitude to Islam. He viewed it as a martial religion, propagated by wars of conquest. He regretted that Germans were not Muslim instead of Christian. The Japanese benefited from their religion in a similar way. He was in favour of polygamy to produce more children to fight in the next war. He also had no prejudice against illegitimate children.
Hitler's idea of god is one that had created life and then lets life fight it out on earth, with the strongest emerging as the temporal ruler. The law of nature was that the strongest dominated and conquered the weakest. Hitler said he could accept only one divine commandment: "Thou shalt preserve the species." Individuals did not matter in any species as there were always more individuals made than survive: what mattered was that the species lived on. Any concept of liberal individual rights was completely anathema to his doctrine. Individual life was cheap and could be discarded for the greater good; what mattered was the collective not the individual.
Hitler hated the pre-1914 ancien régime of Kaiser and aristocracy, with its traditional social rules and snobbery. "The top hat is the signature of the bourgeoisie." He admired Social Democracy for abolishing the monarchy and he favoured the republican form of government with the Fuhrer at the top. He criticised Franco and Mussolini for keeping the aristocracy as the ruling class and claimed that hereditary monarchies are bad more often than not because they produce incompetent rulers.
Hitler claimed the Nazis were composed of "90 percent left-wing elements" in its early street-fighting days as it was the only the left that could fight; the timid bourgeoisie were of no use. Indeed, they criticised the Nazis for being Bolsheviks because they believed they advocated social equality. What Hitler detested in Communism were the liberal elements within it: pacifism, internationalism, its supposed cosmopolitan Jewishness. He regarded Stalin with "unconditional respect" and regarded his state socialism as efficient in manufacturing armaments. He claimed Bismarck's state socialism was good legislation. His remarks about capitalism are always negative.
Hitler's ideas can be summarised as racialism: his central aim was for the assimilation of Germanic peoples under his rule, then the expansion eastward of the territory inhabited by Germans, with the Slavic inhabitants of Eastern Europe and Russia pushed back beyond the Urals into Siberia. Then a gigantic Germanic empire could be constructed. Everything else was subordinate to this aim. Hitler predicted that he would become the new Khan of the Tartars.
Aside from the political ideas, Hitler also believed in some odd theories. For example, he claimed that an advanced human civilisation existed tens of thousands of years ago before a great disaster destroyed it and returned humanity to a primitive existence. Such tools as these primitives had were only remnants of this lost civilisation. (When future scientists explore the seabed, Hitler claims they will discover this ancient civilisation.) He also believed in the pseudo-scientific theories of Hans Hörbiger. Despite having no education in these subjects, he has firmly held opinions on them.
This book is an invaluable source to understanding Hitler's ideas on a range of subjects. Just don't expect it to make sense!