Zweites Buch- “Politics is history in the making”
Nothing can better testify the malefic uncertainty of a man than a string of his dogma in a badly written book. Zweites Buch, Hitler’s un-edited and raw second novel resembles fiction rather than fact. Interestingly, it also makes one question whether the Führer could believe in such garbage himself. Sadly, judging by history it is apparent that a great deal of what is argued in this book was vastly relevant to his domestic and foreign policies in Germany. However, the importance of this book wasn’t just how its ideas were played out, but in fact how stuck Hitler was on the ideal of strife and the need for preservation.
At first glance, even without engaging seriously with its content it is obvious that Hitler was not a very good writer. His ideas are entangled all in a constants process of analysis of mere abstractions and extreme ideas. He begins the novel with the hard-hitting line “Politics is history in the making” very similar to the tagline of a sub-par contemporary political ad. Whatever the case may be, rhetorical and structuring issues were Hitler’s least concerns.
His ideas on the constant struggle of the natural world over the limited space it has been accorded seems to be the main running theme in this book, and it is overused and exhausted by the time one reads all the way to the second chapter. It seems to have been Hitler’s rather odd obsession, as it came up quite profusely in Mein Kampf. Yet, this was the case. During the bitter years of the Second World War, much of what Hitler was outlining in Mein Kampf and Zweites Buch was materializing. In essence, the idea of Lebensraum and the ever constant German struggle for living-space in the East, was undeniably one of Hitler’s earliest plans for the German Reich. In fact, Operation Barbarossa, launched in 1941, was one of the most well planned offensives in military history.
It is obvious that Hitler was looking for living space in the east, and he was willing to send millions to die for it. He himself said in Chapter 2, that “land was not awarded, but in fact it was given by Providence for those brave enough to fight for it”. These ludicrous statements are also indicative of his deep-felt ideas about race and the social Darwinian process of culture and society. Something, which as we all know played a crucial role in the dark events of the Holocaust.
In short, historians and intellectuals should not disregard this piece, nor Mein Kampf, because they remain testaments of the manner in which Hitler thought, and more importantly the way he expressed his ideas. Just by reading Zweites Buch once, it is easy to tell that the word extremism is an understatement to express the black and white dichotomy of Hitler’s ideas. The truth is that this book is primary evidence, and to disregard it would be pernicious as it would lead to a dissociation from the larger context of Hitlerian Germany, and the process of Fascism in general.
Link to Zweites Buch: http://archive.org/details/ZweitesBuch-AdolfHitlersSecretBook