Mein Kampf

Walter Russel Mead commemorates the publication date of Hitler’s masterpiece with this essay on the continuing problem of anti-Semitism. Although Hitler made it unfashionable to openly hate Jews, at least outside the Moslem world, there are still plenty of supposedly enlightened people who hold the nation of Israel to a standard they would never think to hold any other country too, except perhaps America. But they are not anti-Semites, just anti-Zionist.

Mead says it better than I ever could. The only reason I bring it up is to mention that I have tried to read Mein Kampf, once or twice. I swear it really is unreadable. I don’t know if the English translation does the German justice. If so, I wonder if any Nazis ever got around to reading it all the way through.

If you want to try, Amazon.com does have it. Why spend money though? You can download it for free from all sorts of places since the Hitler family gave up the copyright after World War II.

Yes, the Hitler family is still around. I read an article about them a long time ago. One branch of the family emigrated to England before World War I and a cousin of Hitler’s even fought on the British side. They’ve changed their names, though.

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2 Responses to “Mein Kampf”

  1. Lochemya David Says:

    “When people criticise Zionists they mean Jews, you are talking anti-Semitism.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

    What’s interesting is that the people who raise Martin Luther King, Jr. essentially to the status of Jesus would be the first people to deny this.

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  2. David Hoffman Says:

    It would be kind of interesting to compare what the “anti-Zionists” have to say about Israel with what Hitler had to say about the Jews generally. I’m not going to make that comparison though because I wouldn’t try to read Mein Kampf again if someone held a gun to my head. It really is that bad.

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