Mein Kampf Short Summary
By the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, The Mein Kampf or My Struggle is an autobiography that contains the manifesto of the Nazi Party. It also describes how and why Hitler turned against Semites and also outlines the plans he had for Germany. It got published in 1925 and translated to English in 1933. Hitler started writing it while he was in prison.
A Flick Through of the Plot
The book is split into two volumes. First, the reader gets a look at the background of Hitler before he was in power. It has been argued that this was an attempt to portray himself in a positive light. In the second Volume, Hitler shows his views and theories. It was written before he got into a national power.
In the first volume, Hitler focuses on his life as a youth. This is where he shows how his ideas came to be formed. It mostly seems like propaganda with the main focus being the social conditions and views on nationalism. Hitler discusses Marxian influence when discussing the life of the laborers. The Nationalism Hitler possesses seen to be from World War 1. Hitler does not explain why he had the hatred for the jews even though the hatred is evident throughout the book. He makes attempts to justify his views using history.
In the second part of the Mein Kampf, Hitler shows his intention of creating a state that is purely German and also to expand the power. He criticizes that awarding of citizenship based on residency, claiming that it should be based on ethnicity. He urges the schools to encourage the pure German states by exalting purity of bloodlines and discouraging intermarriages.
Hitler also reveals the plan to expand his plans to outside Germany. He supports a foreign policy that is materialistic to conquer the land that borders Germany to the east. The inhabitants’ of the land get killed, enslaved, and chased out to accommodate his plans. He criticizes the supporters of the Disarmament of Germany and the treaty struck by the enemies of Germany saying that the new Germany should be more aggressive towards other nations.
At the end of his book, Hitler thanks the soldiers who died fighting for Germany during WW1 and showed his support for the Socialist party to convey his ideas about the purity of races. He believes that the party will strive through enemy resistance and that Germany will flourish if the ideas rule.