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The original title of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" was "My 4 1/2 Year Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice. " The first part was written while he was incarcerated in Landsberg prison after the 1923 Beerhall Putsch. His publisher, Max Amann, later changed the title to Mein Kampf ( My Struggle) . The first volume was published on July 18, 1925. By 1939, the book had sold over 5 MILLION copies, making Hitler a millionaire. Up to 1945, the book had a total printing of just over 10,000,000 copies. His official salara was 60,000 marks per annum. In 1934 Hitler declared his income for 1933 as 1,232,355 Marks. The tax on 600,000 of this amount was never paid. Most of this came of royalties from his book. He also received a fraction of a cent for every postage stamp sold bearing his image.
Conversely, a random dancing little kid. Rocks. But I think it's photoshopped.
Well, you would be a best selling author to if you were the dictator of a country and every body was required to have a copy of your book.
I wonder if the book is still in print. I think it'd be interesting.
It definitely is. It's on Amazon.
And, in such countries as Germany and Austria, it's against the law for most people to have or print the book. Only approved scholars are allowed to read it.
Let's see. What did Hitler do? Ah, yes; he decided that certain ideas were so threatening to his vision of the world that he had to burn the books, and kill the people, that professed them.
Then, when the Allies let those countries have back their self-control, they went and, all over again, decided that certain books were just so horribly threatening that they had to be banned—and that people should be imprisoned for the mere expression of false ideas (such as the one that Holocaust didn't happen).
Castle Wolfenstein videogame? Illegal in Austria, because it allows you to take the role of a Third Reich soldier if you want to. Using a computer to explore ideas, or even exercise a gruesome fantasy, in your own home? God, no!
It was in defiance of this kind of reactionary silliness (understandable in the immediate wake of World War II and the Holocaust—but now entirely inappropriate, undemocratic, and rather thoughtless) that I bought a copy of Mein Kampf, in the United States, where speech is given greater protection by law—and, to make up for the fact that so many millions of people are not even allowed, by their own democratically elected governments, to read that book, I make myself wade through it, even when it is a work so tiresome, silly, ridiculous, and untrue.
In the last few years, yet again, fans at a big soccer match in Germany were taunting a black player. (Several European soccer fans haven't yet gotten used to the idea of blacks as human beings. They spit on them, throw objects at them, taunt them with monkey noises and offer them bananas, &c.)
In reaction to their fascist, racist, Nazi-like taunts—and possibly their physical assaults (I don't remember whether this incident included their throwing things at him and spitting at him)—, he decided to mock their behavior—by giving them Hitler's one-armed salute.
Guess who was investigated for violating the constitution's prohibition against acting in a Nazi-ly insulting way.
*nod* I've been meaning to read more then the excerpts I have all ready but every time I get like a growing bile in my throat and I can't make myself finish it. I will one of these days.
The original title of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" was "My 4 1/2 Year Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice. "
he had to rename it because he obviously lost the struggle.
CAN I GET AN AMEN?
2007-08-06 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hitler was also a lovely dancer. Nobody ever mentions that.
There's something ver disturbing about that little guy. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but he just seems wrong somehow.
2007-08-06 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Hitler was also a lovely dancer. Nobody ever mentions that.
I agree. It's off.