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Mein Kampf: A Story Of A Brilliant Mad Man

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The book Mein Kampf can be taken in ways that vary all over the spectrum. One can take it as a madman, genius or even just a man with a plan while reading this book. It provided Germany and the German people with hope. Mein Kampf was a well-written and inspiring writing giving hope that Germany would rise again, Hitler outlined his beliefs in how to achieve greatness, and unfortunately he came into power and was able to attempt and achieve his vision.

Background

Adolf Hitler began to write this book back in the mid 1920’s. This was after being imprisoned for the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923. The Beer Hall Putsch was "Hitler’s attempt to overthrow the Weimar government of Ebert and establish a right wing nationalistic one in its place." (Beer Hall Putsch of 1923). Hitler was supposed to be in jail for five years for Beer Hall Putsch and got out after nine months (Mein Kampf). The original title of the book was going to be “Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice” but this got shortened to “Mein Kampf” by his Nazi Publisher. His book was composed of two volumes; volume one which was published in 1925 and the volume two was published a year later in 1926. By the end of the war in 1945, ten million copies were sold. Hitler made "in total, Mein Kampf sold over ten million copies by the time he committed suicide in 1945. The book sales earned Hitler $7.8 million reichsmarks, which is equal to $152 million inflation adjusted, 2012 US dollars." (Warner). What’s worse than a mad man with a ton of money? Hitler used to fund his horrific plan to kill millions of innocent people.

The Plan

The German citizens knew what Hitler’s plans were before he was even elected chancellor of Germany. When the book was published in 1925 not many copies were sold, but once elected chancellor he sold millions of copies for the fact people wanted to know more about this man(Gross). “Hitler decided to write “Mein Kampf” for a two-fold purpose: to share his ideology with his followers,” and this is what they became, followers (Gross).
"Mein Kampf" was a clear-cut warning to the world of Hitler's intentions for war and genocide, which may have been recognized and prevented had more people read it outside of Germany, some historians say. Publishers in the United States and the U.K. did produce copies in English prior to the War, but were held up by copyright lawsuits by Hitler's publishers." (Whips). Hitler made this possible so other countries would not know his plan. In his book Hitler states that, “However, the absurdity of this ‘economic conquest’ at once made the absurdity of the Triple Alliance clear and comprehensible” (Hitler 145-146). Hitler manipulated the readers by saying things such as ‘economic conquest’ to convince people of what he wanted to do so they would join him. This is when he was thinking of domination and the elimination of the Jewish kind.
The Elimination
Hitler wanted to eliminate anyone that wasn’t of the Aryan kind....

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