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This Evil Book Must Not Be Ignored,
This review is from: Mein Kampf (Paperback)
It is a horrendous mistake to ban Adolph Hitler's evil manifesto -Mein Kampf- written about a decade before the dictator came to power. Well meaning censors are indeed right in prudentially warning immature minds to be cautious. One most certainly should not offer -Mein Kampf- to a child. This book, however, allows us to more fully understand the mindset of the Nazi leader who unleashed pure hell upon the world. We must remember that Hitler wrote this work in 1924 during his incarceration in Landberg Am Lech Prison. Few believed this minor league figure had a political future. The Nazis were mostly perceived to be a collection of losers, a fanatical fringe group that need not be taken seriously. Hitler and his goons were not feared as much as ridiculed. The American journalist William Shirer, for instance, recalled the barroom fellowship of colleagues who made fun of the Nazis. Charlie Chaplin even did a comedy routine imitating the mannerisms of Hitler.
Adolph Hitler was not subtle and discrete. The charismatic Fuehrer readily indulged in pseudoscientific jargon to convey an intellectual authority to support his lunatic theories. Chapter XI of Volume I entitled "Nation and Race" wherein the Nazi leader charged Jews with "poisoning" the German race alone should have alerted the world. Democracy was viewed as nothing more than a swindle perpetuated by the weaker races to defeat the master German elite. The enemy of my enemy is my friend is how many justified their awkward and uneasy alliances with the Nazis. Hitler's contempt for Russian Communism encouraged these people to naively let down their guard. This was especially true of those religious adherents of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Protestant traditions. It was not all that unusual to find individuals who dismissed Hitler's vile utterances as nothing more than exaggerated tongue in cheek rhetoric. The at least metaphorical reality of Original Sin guarantees that Adolph Hitler will regrettably not be the last of his kind. We need to study -Mein Kampf- to guide us concerning similar dangers that will forevermore threaten humankind. Should -Mein Kampf- be prominently displayed in one's personal library? I will not disparage others of laudable intentions who boldly place this book in public view, but I've long ago personally decided that a more fitting place is in the back of my garage. The legitimate study of Nazism does not seem to me to require a constant blatant reminder of Hitler's diabolical era. Remembering history so as not to repeat it is one thing. Nevertheless, allowing it to dominate every waking moment is also not wise. A spiritual and psychological balance must be maintained.
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Initial post: Jan 9, 2009 7:47:14 AM PST
Eric Hoffer was second rate. You are third rate, David.
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