George Orwell Reviews Mein Kampf (1940)

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But Hitler could not have succeeded against his many rivals if it had not been for the attraction of his own personality, which one can feel even in the clumsy writing of Mein Kampf, and which is no doubt overwhelming when one hears his speeches. I should like to put it on record that I have never been able to dislike Hitler. Ever since he came to power — till then, like nearly everyone, I had been deceived into thinking that he did not matter — I have reflected that I would certainly kill him if I could get within reach of him, but that I could feel no personal animosity. The fact is that there is something deeply appealing about him. One feels it again when one sees his photographs — and I recommend especially the photograph at the beginning of Hurst and Blackett’s edition, which shows Hitler in his early Brownshirt days. It is a pathetic, dog-like face, the face of a man suffering under intolerable wrongs. In a rather more manly way it reproduces the expression of innumerable pictures of Christ crucified, and there is little doubt that that is how Hitler sees himself.

  • McGee

    Oh, what a cynic. Damn, what a writer.

  • Cornjob


    • Angry Sam

      Seriously, though, could we get one? Pretty please?

  • magpie

    Wow. Kinda awsome.

    In its way, I mean.

  • mrclam

    In related news, telescreens are finally available!

  • BeatnikHusker

    “till then, like nearly everyone, I had been deceived into thinking that he did not matter”

  • Dean Booth

    Wow, that is amazing.

    Chris, following your lead, I’ve been reading The Rise and Fall. I’m a bit over half-way through (Dunkirk). It is jaw-dropping.

    Last week I was feeling unusually stressed and unable to sleep well, and I decided that the probable cause was reading this history. I’ve decided to put it down for a while.

  • Jim Buck

    I’ll take hedonism over facism any Sunday of the week. Orwell was in many ways a dickhead. He just happened to be on the right side of history for a while. Here is another interesting read:

  • Jim Buck