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The Nazi Party Used During World War II Essay

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In Germany, on January 1st, 2016, the copyright on one of the most anti-Semitic texts of the 20th century ran out after 70 years of halted publication (Thorpe 2015). The text in question, Mein Kampf (My Struggle), is an autobiography by the National Socialist leader Adolf Hitler, and a bible of Nazism in Germany’s Third Reich. Mein Kampf was the political manifesto the Nazi Party used during World War Two which not only identified the Jews as racially inferior but indirectly justified the mass extermination of the Jewish race, which we now know as the Holocaust (Encyclopedia Britannica Online 2016). Today the book would be considered “neither a literary achievement nor an insightful historical document had it not been linked to Hitler’s rapid rise to power” (Thorpe 2015). Republication has been cautiously welcomed with the intention of showing “how Hitler mixed truths and half-truths with lies… [going] one step further towards demystifying the roots of the evil that unfolded” (Flood 2015) from 1939-45. In my paper I will discuss the creation and content of Mein Kampf as well as the impacts and opinions of its republication.
Mein Kampf was originally published in two volumes, the first in 1925, followed closely by the second in 1926 (Flood 2016). It was written during Hitler’s eight-month imprisonment for his leadership in the Putsch in Munich in November 1923 (Goss 2016). The book is not written by Hitler himself but is the transcription of his thoughts, typed out by Rudolf
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