Mein Kampf can you still read it.

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Deacs, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Interesting to see how Hitler made a great deal of money from his publication guided by the business acumen of his publisher,an old comrade from his service in the Great War

    Max Amann,was Hitler's company sergeant in the Great War.He became the first business manager of the NSDAP in 1921.Then in 1922 he became the director of the Verlag Eher publishing company and under his control the party publisher went on to publish the Volkischer Beobachter,the daily of the party.

    As well as making the notable change to Hitler's"Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies,Stupidity and Cowardice" to the more saleable title of "Mein Kampf",Atmann saw the publication through its many editions and created huge wealth for Hitler and also himself as Hitler's publisher and from his services to the NAZI Party.Other publications were turned out by Amann who saw that Hitler was well rewarded for his contributions to these publications....Illustrierter Beobachter and Nationalsozialistische Monatshefte.

    In 1933 as Hitler assumed power, he made Amann, Reichleiter.(leader) of the National Socialist press and President of the Reich Press Chamber.

    Germany's defeat and denazification hearings saw Amann's wealth confiscated by the West German state.He died in poverty in Munich on March 30 1957.
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Publish and be damned, indeed...
  3. von Poop

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  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Looks like it was banned there in 2007, then allowed again in 2016.
    Not certain of the dates, though.

    Wiki list of banned status:
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  5. HA96

    HA96 Member

    Very interesting subject with lots of good comments.
    I have not read it and do not intend to read it.
    There are too many books around, I still want to read before my finish line. E g. I am just reading, "Making History" by Stephen Frey. All fake news, but very funny and entertaining I think.
    NB: And I have just returned from Berlin; including a visit to the area, where A.H. killed himself.
  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    The Grievance Studies Scandal: Five Academics Respond - Quillette

    "To date, their project has been successful: seven papers have passed through peer review and have been published, including a 3000 word excerpt of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, rewritten in the language of Intersectionality theory and published in the Gender Studies journal Affilia."

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  7. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Thank you VP - most interesting article. I remember reading about Sokal's original article which gave me a interest in the way Mumbo-Jumbo has taken the place of clarity of thinking and expression in our Universities (and quite possible our political system too)

    Although I did begin to wonder whether this was also a spoof piece when I got to Professor Jonathon Anomaly !?! Shurley shome mistake?
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  8. Gibbo

    Gibbo Senior Member

    I've recently read the Kindle editions of a couple of novels that mentioned Mein Kampf. If the Kindle was connected to the internet clicking on Mein Kampf took you to the Kindle Store where you could buy the Kindle edition of Mein Kampf.
  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Just made me smile looking up the Kindle Editions.
    Wonder if anyone's waiting for his next publication...

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  10. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    I think one thing is obvious and that is the European political leadership did not read Mein Kampf in depth or they would have realised Hitler's vision for his envisaged Third Reich.

    An assessment of Hitler's policies from January 1933 when he rose to power would have found that the regime was rigged for war.To be fair there were some, with WSC being the most notable who saw threat to European peace from Hitler....even so WSC was held by some to be a warmonger while at the same time there were some of those with political influence who saw Hitler as the vanguard for opposition to the political threat from Russia.

    The Munich Agreement was merely an attempt to satisfy Hitler's "recognised" territorial ambitions and after the Czechs agreed to evacuate the Sudetenland by 1 October 1938.Hitler issued his infamous statement of "This is my last territorial demand in Europe".Then in March 1939,the whole of Czechoslovakia was occupied,President Hacha was coerced into asking Hitler to protect Czechoslovakia with the status of a protectorate.

    At this point Britain and France came to the conclusion that their was no satisfying Hitler's territorial ambitions.
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Despite its ubiquitousness in the Reich, from wedding gifts to soldiers copies, he was apparently embarrassed by it once power was secured.
    I suppose someone so engaged by mercurial politicking would never really want their thoughts at a particular time nailed down in any way.

    Not that he complained about the substantial income it brought him. 10m+ copies, tax free for most of the sales up to '45.

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