What is it about Mein Kampf that might explain the attraction taht Hitler and his thinking had for so many people?
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The Germans were devastated after their defeat in World War I, so when a fierce patriot like Hitler came upon the scene and promised the German people world dominance because they were “The Master Race” this appealed to the downtrodden Germans. In Mein Kampf (My Struggle) he outlined his plan for gaining new territory for Germany so that the people could achieve their destiny to establish themselves throughout Europe. This is why he invaded the neighboring countries, convincing the Germans that they needed “living room.” He also had a pretty detailed plan for achieving German dominance in the world, and the disgruntled people bought into it. It offered them hope.
Finally, prejudice against Jews was widespread in Europe, going back to Biblical times, and Hitler gave the people a scapegoat, someone to blame for Germany’s ills. Rather than blame themselves, it was much easier to blame the Jews for the German demise at the end of World War I. He painted the Jews as an evil people group, infiltrating societies throughout Europe with their own plan to gain world leadership. He was a fear monger who spoke to people’s innermost fears, which is what prejudice comes from in the first place – fear.
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