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Mein Kampf:

The Official 1939 Version

Hardcover (387 pages), paperback, kindle
This, the only translation of Mein Kampf which was officially endorsed by the Nazi party during Hitler’s lifetime, represents an opportunity to try and understand the twisted madman's evil to come exactly as it was presented to readers at that time.

Mein Kampf:

The officially sanctioned English language version of Mein Kampf was translated and introduced by James Murphy. The edition using his translation was first published as a two volume set in the UK in 1939 and also in 22 weekly parts by Hutchison and Co Ltd. The authentic electronic edition brings together both of the original volumes complete with Murphy’s 1939 introduction and a new introduction by Emmy Award winning historian Bob Carruthers.

Murphy’s was the only translation which was officially endorsed by the Nazi party during Hitler’s lifetime and as such represents an opportunity to approach the work as it was presented to contemporary readers.

This was the version of Mein Kampf which the Nazi party hoped would spread the gospel of National Socialism throughout the UK, but by the time publication was underway World War II had commenced. Somewhat surprisingly, publication of the weekly illustrated edition was allowed to continue although all proceeds from the sale were diverted to the British Red Cross.

This new publication of the entire primary source provides the reader with access to the complete historical document and provides a unique insight into the past by reproducing Mein Kampf as it was presented to British readers in the thirties.The angry ranting of an obscure, small-party politician, the first volume of Mein Kampf was virtually ignored when it was originally published in 1925. Likewise the second volume, which appeared in 1926. The book details Hitler's childhood, the "betrayal" of Germany in World War I, the desire for revenge against France, the need for lebensraum for the German people, and the means by which the National Socialist party can gain power. It also includes Hitler's racist agenda and his glorification of the "Aryan" race. The few outside the Nazi party who read it dismissed it as nonsense, not believing that anyone could--or would--carry out its radical, terrorist programs. As Hitler and the Nazis gained power, first party members and then the general public were pressured to buy the book. By the time Hitler became chancellor of the Third Reich in 1933, the book stood atop the German bestseller lists. Had the book been taken seriously when it was first published, perhaps the 20th century would have been very different.

Beyond the anger, hatred, bigotry, and self-aggrandizing, Mein Kampf is saddled with tortured prose, meandering narrative, and tangled metaphors (one person was described as "a thorn in the eyes of venal officials"). That said, it is an incredibly important book. It is foolish to think that the Holocaust could not happen again, especially if World War II and its horrors are forgotten. As an Amazon.com reader has pointed out, "If you want to learn about why the Holocaust happened, you can't avoid reading the words of the man who was most responsible for it happening." Mein Kampf, therefore, must be read as a reminder that evil can all too easily grow. --Sunny Delaney The officially sanctioned English language version of Mein Kampf was translated and introduced by James Murphy. The edition using his translation was first published as a two volume set in the UK in 1939 and also in 22 weekly parts by Hutchison and Co Ltd. This authentic electronic edition brings together both of the original volumes complete with Murphy’s 1939 introduction and a new introduction by Emmy Award winning historian Bob Carruthers.

Murphy’s was the only translation which was officially endorsed by the Nazi party during Hitler’s lifetime and as such represents an opportunity to approach the work as it was presented to contemporary readers.

This was the version of Mein Kampf which the Nazi party hoped would spread the gospel of National Socialism throughout the UK, but by the time publication was underway World War II had commenced. Somewhat surprisingly, publication of the weekly illustrated edition was allowed to continue although all proceeds from the sale were diverted to the British Red Cross.

This new publication of the entire primary source provides the reader with access to the complete historical document and provides a unique insight into the past by reproducing Mein Kampf as it was presented to British readers in the thirties.

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  • 01 Apr 24: Hitler is sentenced to 5 years in prison, but will only serve 9 months, during which he dictates Mein Kampf rather than spend his time lifting weights
  • 18 Jul 25: Mein Kampf is published, clearly defining Nazi ideology and the evil it will bring down on the world

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