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Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf, the autobiography of Adolf Hitler, is not a traditional autobiography in the sense that it is a narrative of the life of man, but rather, Mein Kampf serves as a forum for Hitler to discuss his political ideologies in the framework of a folktale.  Hitler dictated Mein Kampf to Rudolph Hess while in prison between the years of 1923-24, and then finished it later at an inn in Berchtesgaden.  He talks of his youth, his early involvement with the Nazi Party, and his ideas for the future of politics in Germany, with a heavy emphasis on racial issues.  Mein KampfThe language of the autobiography is purposefully written in a style that Hitler thought the commoner could relate to.  This explains his clearly primitive language and anti-intellectual assertions.  Mein Kampf provides an exploration into the races; an outline for the future military conquests that Hitler and the Germans would embark upon; a bold call for the elimination of Jews and Marxism; the elimination of parliament and the formation of a “new world order”; and a small glimpse into the psyche of Hitler, all dictated according to Adolf Hitler. 

Hitler’s boyhood was filled with obsessions of soldiering and regimented activity.  Frequent battles between his father and Adolph set the stage for his opinionated, strong stance against authority.  In school he was insulting, argumentative with teachers, and could be described as a troublemaker, often seeking attention and approval from his fellow students.  He possessed a rich fantasy life that included believing that girls admired and adored him through telepathy. 

His young adult life was spent in poverty and frustration, a failure at several attempts to enter art school and lack of direction for his ambition.  This period of misery affected him deeply and after running from the law and left without options, Hitler joined the military in 1914.  After the humiliating defeat of Germany in World War I, Hitler began working as an undercover agent attempting to weed out Marxism in Germany.  In Mein Kampf he wrote of Marxism, “We would have to pay most catastrophically if in the spring of 1923 we did not avail ourselves of the opportunity to halt the wheeling and dealing of the Marxist traitors and murderers of the nation for good” . His rise to political aspirations began with this position in 1919.

By the time Hitler started his final rise to power, the Army's most influential political figure would be Lieutenant General Kurt von Schleicher, who was a close personal friend of Hindenburg and other government leaders. He would emerge as a major power broker -- and an undemocratic one -- in the power struggles that erupted in the early 30s. Of course, Hitler had long made sure to cultivate his alliances with the Army.

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