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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Beyond Words, 22 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Mein Kampf (Paperback)
History is enraging in the way it always tends to pander to current prejudice and contemporary political need. We are all so wise and good at this point in history and can pretend that we are far too well-educated and morally pure, that nothing so bad is going to be done in our name, on our watch. We are so frantic in our wish to be distanced from the sustained and systematic evils of history, that we condemn the guilty as geniuses, or more remarkably, fools. Those who cling to their denial would prefer that books like this should be banned, as they bear witness to not only Hitler's evil but the pan-European common-denominator, he aspired to tap into.

It is morally convenient to believe that Hitler invented the evil aims laid out in this book. Hitler did not invent racism or anti-Semitism, he merely exploited what was already there and was actually voted into power by those who shared those views - many still do.

Published in 1925 & 1926, the two parts of the book gave fair warning of his aims and his fanatical hatreds. Across the world, many read his words and had their own feelings and hatreds confirmed. These people ranged across every class in most societies, and definitely from top to the bottom of the British social strata. It must be noted that even having been aware of Hitler's promises and even in the knowledge of seeing him carry them out, the country was willing to look the other way. It was just total chance that Churchill became leader and not Halifax - our moral superiority is based on mere luck not natural goodness. Our jingoistic pride, a deluded vanity.

Hitler's ranting coalescence of the hatreds and prejudices still bears witness to the heart of darkness of humanity, which shows no sign of going away.

Let this book be read and stand as a warning of what still continues to inspire many people, beneath the veneer of our "civilization".

Once you have read Hitler's poisonous rantings, you are forever aware that the same raving appeal to the common denominator, can still be heard or read, in the words of those who likewise wish to make us the sponsors of the contemporary fantatic's road to historical immortality.

Knowing who said it all before, might guard us against such folly.
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Initial post: 11 Feb 2009, 23:16:22 GMT
Hesketh Bang says:
An excellent and insightful appraisal. I would perhaps be fearful of having this on my bookshelf in case people think I sympathise with his views. But isn't that the point; shouldn't we all get a look to understand the thought processes that led to future atrocities.
In fact, shouldn't this be issued to all history students?

Posted on 29 Apr 2009, 10:03:22 BST
Yes, his ideology still lingers through generations, yet his style of moustache never really caught on. Maybe we can learn something from the world of facial hair and apply that logic to our society that seems too preoccupied with fashion and celebrity to not realise the implications of our political future.

Mr. Bus

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2009, 07:58:31 BST
L. Burgoyne says:
I agree with H Bang - it is important that students in all subject areas are given material from more than one point of view, if only to discourage the way Hitler controlled information in Germany. Propaganda has far, far too much power.

It is worrying the way we have been made to make certain issues too sensitive to discuss or contemplate - would the poster be as worried if he had a book by Stalin, Mussolini, or Franco on his shelf? I would advise him to escort out any guests who start eying his bookshelves and fainting...

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2010, 22:24:47 BST
Last edited by the author on 20 May 2010, 22:27:53 BST
Sian234 says:
@ Hesketh Bang - I think that you make a good point in saying that this piece of material should be distributed to history students. While learning about the Nazis in secondary school for GSCE, I was always curious about Mein Kampf which I had heard about in lessons; though never having the opportunity to actually read it. I think it would have been interesting to read things from his perspective instead of reading from history books alone.
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