Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf

By | Jul 18, 2017

On July 18, 1925 the first volume of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf was published. The work is a combination autobiography and political ideas of the young Hitler. It was originally titled Four Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice. The publisher, Secker and Warburg, retitled the work Mein Kampf or My Struggle.

This first edition had a printing of 500 copies. The work was not popular, but people did request a larger printing and one was finally printed.

While Hitler was in prison serving a term for high treason, he began writing (actually dictating) his autobiography so that the German public would know what he stood for. He was released on December 20, 1924 about a year after beginning his five year term.

The second volume Die Nationalsozialistische Bewegung or The National Socialist Movement was released in December 1926. This was a few months after a second edition of the first volume was published.

After Hitler became chancellor in 1933, the book was extremely popular. In reality it became the Nazi Bible with over 10 million copies distributed in Germany. Every Soldier received a copy as did every newly-wed couple.

In 1928, Hitler felt that even with Mein Kampf the German public did not understand his ideas and brought his loss of the elections of 1928. He began a sequel, which was never finished, that he called Zweites Buch or Secret Book.


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