West Civilizations II
April 15th, 2015
Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler - Response Essay
Adolf Hitler was born 1889 in Austria, and was a German politician. He was the leader of the Nazi Party; National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 - 1945 and in that time period, was also leader of ‘Nazi Germany’. He was an efficient and effective dictator, and was at the centre of WWII, and of course, the Holocaust. Previous to his later attributes in life however, he was a decorated WWI veteran and a member of the German Worker’s Party in 1919. This can be seen as a precursor to him taking a leadership role in NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a failed coup to seize power, which resulted in Adolf Hitler's imprisonment, during which time he wrote Mein Kampf, which roughly translates to “My Struggle”.
Mein Kampf was an autobiographical piece, where hitler outlined political ideology he favored and his ideal future plans for Germany. Hitler began the book while imprisoned for political crimes (failed coup) in 1923. Initially Hitler received a plethora of visitors, but eventually became immersed in his writing. His writings emphasized an ideological program for a ‘German revolution’. He thought this was possible by removing jewish culture, and supporting aryan ideals/ superiority.
Hitler's revolutionary goals however, were limited to the expulsion of the Jewish population from Germany and the unification of German-speaking individuals into one cemented jingoist group. Hitler believed he could restore German to the greatest historical glory it once had before. Because of its extensive racist content and historical effect of ‘nazism’ on Germany during WWII, it is considered a controversial piece of writing. Criticisms came from several sources, one of which being Italian dictator and nazi ally Benito Mussolini; claiming the book to be boring and unreadable. The content of Mein Kampf...
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