My Afterthoughts After Reading Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf - Adofl Hitler - book cover

As I’ve discussed in my first article relating to Mein Kampf, reading this book which was written by one of the most evil men of the 20th century that we’ve come to know off, objectively, is no easy task. Anything that you may think outside of the mainstream narrative that you’ve been surrounded with all your life is hard to even contemplate and I was in a similar situation when I started reading the book.

But despite this, I believed & do still believe that one can put all his belief system to one side for the time being and read & learn history as objectively as possible. You can determine by reading the following paragraphs whether I was able to do so.

Firstly, let’s discuss what my views of the contents in the book are. In the book Adolf Hitler writes about a few things that I’d personally known from my days in high school like his hate towards the Jews. He also blames the Jews, in large part, for the military collapse of Germany in World War I (WWI) and economic collapse thereafter in the 1920’s which most of us have come to know reading history or watching historical documentaries.

But all these known facts were not the major reasons why I wanted to read this book. The major reason why I wanted to read this book was to understand the person Adolf Hitler was in private, what his worldview was & what course of direction would history have taken had Nazi Germany & the Axis powers prevailed & won World War II (WWII). I wanted to understand the method to the madness of Adolf Hitler & Nazi Germany.

After reading the book the personality that had been created beforehand in my head regarding Adolf Hitler did change but not to the extent I thought it would. I think Hitler was a personality created as a result of the massive subjugation & humiliation of Germany in the treaty of Versallies signed at the end of WWI in which Germany was made to bear the massive responsibility of the deaths & destruction caused by the war and was forced to pay heavy reparations for it. These two interconnected events lead to a personality like that of Adolf Hitler’s to be active in German politics. While at the same time the German society & public in general were seeking for 2 subjects towards the end of 1910’s & in the 1920’s. One subject to which the blame for the loss in the war could be attributed to and another subject to right the ship of German economics while uniting the nation & providing some kind of political stability. The first subject became the Jews in Germany who were treated as the major culprit for Germany’s loss in the war while Adolf Hitler & his Nazi party became the second subject supported by the German people to right the German political & economic ship. I think Adolf Hitler was a necessity of German society back then, created as a consequence of WWI.

I think even if Hitler would not have been there, a similarly ultra-nationalistic leader would have emerged leading Germany on a very similar path as that taken by Hitler. I reason this because German society was one of the most educated societies in Europe and the people were mostly very hardworking. When a demography of educated & hardworking society is humiliated resulting in a massive economic collapse leading to hyper-inflation then a chain of events is bound to happen that will lead to some kind of societal uprising. The only thing that I think that might not have happened if there was no Adolf Hitler is the racialization of the German problems and laying most of all the blame on the Jews. But I still think anti-semitism would have existed, prevailed & might have grown in German society by the 1930’s even without Adolf Hitler.

Regarding his personality, I think he is one of the most honest political leaders in recent history. He wrote exactly what he intended to do and pushed forward in that path. He hid nothing from the world about what he intended to do once he came to power. His every action can be traced back to this book. The only little surprise that I now find is that the German people elected him to be exactly what he turned out to be. He was a man on a mission and a meticulous planner & strategist. He had a clear vision in front of him on how the world should be like and pushed for that vision until his death.

After reading this book, I can also say that without the countries in Western Europe including the US uniting with the USSR to fight the Germans, an Allied victory in WWII would not have been possible. I think he was evil only in the sense that he blamed one race for all the problems in Germany. Other than that the rest of his political ambitions do not appear that different from other historical empires be it that of Britain, France, the Dutch or Portugal.

What’s next from me?

Next, I’ll be reading Remember: The science of memory & the art of forgetting by Lisa Genova and will be writing about it.

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