Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf

Adolf Hitlers Mein Kampf is intriguing for numerous reasons. But one of the more intriguing ones is the amount of irony found in the book. What is especially interesting about the irony in Mein Kampf is the fact that Hitler was not even aware of it himself. The irony is totally unintentional.

Hitler has delusions of grandeur. He thinks that Providence plays a personal role in what he perceives as his greatness. All the experiences in Hitlers life are what he considers to be steps taken by Providence to lead him to glory. Consider the Vienna years for example. Hitler says that these were hard times. He wallows in pity for himself. And this is ironic because great people are usually stoical about their sufferings. Hitler takes a Nietzschean view of the sufferings he says he endured during the Vienna years.

“While the goddess of suffering took me in
her arms, often threatening to destroy me, my
will to resistance grew, and in the end this
was victorious.”

This echoes what Friedrich Nietzsche said about suffering. Nietzsche said, “That which does not destroy us makes us stronger.” Hitler obviously believes that his

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