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4 Stars Due to Good Edition and Significance,
This review is from: Mein Kampf (Hardcover)
I am rating "Mein Kampf" with 4 stars due to the translation & introduction by Ralph Manheim and Abraham Foxman. Also, due to the importance and significance of reading this piece. Though cringe-worthy it may be, this is an important piece of Literature.
My personal feelings towards the material...
It is an incredibly long and at many times redundant read. Be ready to set aside some time. Before attempting to read this book, make sure that you have a strong foudation in your own worldview perspective. Remember while reading, that like the Angel of Light himself, Hitler has ways of peppering truth in the midst of insanity and lies. At times you may find yourself in agreement with him, in regards to some of the reasons of Germany's downfall, which can be psychologically torturing. It is relieving once he reveals his answers to these problems, which are completely void of sanity, and hopefully like myself, the reader will find no commonality. Having read this book, it is easy to understand how someone not strongly founded and perhaps in a defeated moment may look to a Hitler for answers. It would be wise that this book be read by all in order to steer clear of such cults of personality.
NOTE: I do not condone the ideas below, they are Hitler's, and his alone.
Now, I hope to objectively summarize...
Reasons for Germany's downfall...International Capital (Marxism) verses National Capital (National Socialism). Increased population. Growing difference between the rich and poor. Unemployment. Money worshiping culture. Aristocracy controlling finance capital. Loss of private property rights. Property rights transferred to stock companies. Internationalized economic life. War against heavy industry. Weak education system. The ultimate reason for the decline was failure to recognize the racial problem. German states began to dissolve as Reich began to take from them. The states were in financial bondage to the Reich. The Reich took away rights as it took away property.
The Race War...Jews are the masters of lies. Aryans are the Prometheus of Mankind. All other races are chaff. Lower human beings must be used. The Jew is the mightiest counterpart of the Aryan. The Jew exploits and plunders all nations. The Jew, in his attempts, overthrows governments. Unconsciously, many Germans fight for the enemy, the Jew. The purpose for Israel being a nation would be to have a central organization for their international world swindle, endowed with sovereign rights, removed from state intervention, and a haven for scoundrels. Jews are mongrels and a lesser race. Jews are ape men. Aryans are physical perfection, Jews are bow-legged. The Jews struggle for world conquest.
The Answer...The attention of a people mustn't be divided, but concentrated on a single foe. The fight must be posed as a fight for "freedom." The effect must be aimed at the emotion and only to a limited degree the intellect. The use of propaganda, whose task is not to make an objective study of the truth, but is to serve our own right. Supporter of conscription. Only give the people what they need to know, not the ultimate plan. Treatment of the body is not a private affair; there is no freedom to sin at the cost of the race. Personal freedom recedes before the duty to preserve the race. Sterilization of the unfit. Must take over labor unions and the press. Masses must be nationalized. Leader should be a hero. There should be a strong, uncompromising party. Continuous mutual higher breeding to create the best of humanity. Aryans are the master race and must put the world into service of a higher culture. Racial purity must be established. The youth must be educated to be a valuable link. Clothing should be adapted to physical exertion. Youth must be supervised by the State even after school hours. There is a need for Citizen's Diplomas and Health Certificates. Human salvation lies in the Aryans' creativity. Authority of every leader downward and responsibility upward. No representatives, only advisors. There should be a senate of the elite. Primitive soldiers will do the bidding for the folkish philosophy. Trade union officials will work as officers. Need for trained forces that are not military. Propaganda is used for Organization which leads to Power. France is a mortal enemy and must be crushed. German land is too small and must extend east in order to prevent extinction or slavery.
Ominous quotes...(p.124) "I hope someday to make a name for myself as an architect...which Fate would allot me, to dedicate my sincere services to the nation." (p.206) "There is no making pacts with Jews; there can only be hard: either-or. I, for my part, decided to go into politics." (p. 308) "For once this book has become the common property of a people, the Jewish menace may be considered as broken." (p. 535) Calls for execution of 10,000 "organizers." (p. 679) The call for 15,000 Jews to be gassed.
*** I hope that Mankind truly means what it said, "Never Again", but we must take people seriously when they speak ***