Mein Kampf

Wed 28 February 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Sometimes one just needs to read history without being judgemental to appreciate the context. It puts certain things into perspective. You don't necessarily have to take a stand but only use it to expand your realm.

Mein Kampf is Adolf Hitler's autobiography. The book traces his journey from his childhood, stint in the German army during the first World War and political debut into the National Socialist German Workers' Party (popularly known as the Nazi Party). He uses the book (authored in 1925 after the WW-I and a decade and half before WW-II) to discuss domestic and foreign policy shortcomings and his solutions to them.

Some of his proposals in the books make a lot of sense but then he doubles down with outlandish ones diluting the essence. Take the example of proposing sports as a subject in school and where physical activity would get as much weightage as the other subjects. But then follows it up with an idea that women should discontinue education after school and get into maternal training and dedicate themselves to nation-building through child rearing (born out of the blood of pure German race)!