Mein Kampf – The Text, its Themes and Hitler’s Vision
Robert Carr dissects a book frequently referred to but seldom read.
Mein Kampf is two volumes and 500-odd pages of repetitive, ranting, dull diatribe. There is, however, some consistency of thought. Ideas that came to serve as both electioneering messages and, once Hitler was in power, as chilling reality were his anti-Versailles, anti-Weimar, anti-Communist and anti-Semitic agenda.
This article will examine such anti-ideas as well as others presented in Mein Kampf, including notions of Volksgemeinschaft and racial superiority.
Autobiography and Outlook
Besides presenting the essence of Nazism, Mein Kampf offers interesting asides and throws some light on the mindset of the twentieth century’s most reviled dictator, including his amazing confidence. In order to have become dictator of a neighbouring country, Adolf the Austrian clearly had no shortage of self-belief.
Mein Kampf certainly exhibits Hitler’s arrogance. At school, he wrote, he was doubly gifted, with ‘an inborn talent for speaking ... [and] obvious talent for drawing’. Moreover, he had ‘become a juvenile ringleader who learned well and easily at school.’ The truth, however, is that Hitler left school at 16 with no qualifications. Yet perhaps he displays some modesty with the claim that ‘every great movement on this earth owes its growth to great speakers and not to great writers.’ Without doubt, Hitler is no great writer.