Hitler’s Second Book

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

The text has been available in German since 1961, but it has had little impact on readers who know only English. Hence, some historians have continued to argue that Adolf Hitler had only limited foreign policy goals, perhaps nothing more than overthrowing the Versailles treaty.

Hitler’s Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf undermines that argument. Hitler elaborates on themes he laid out in Mein Kampf in 1925, when there was little likelihood that he would ever become the head of the German government, but gives greater weight to acquiring land in the east that would provide food and raw materials for a Germany he believed was losing the Darwinist struggle for survival. This Lebensraum (room for life) had great implications for the peoples living in Poland and the Soviet Union, in that they would have to be removed, eliminated, or enslaved; the Jews, who had been singled out in Mein Kampf as parasites, are thus reduced to merely a prominent example of unproductive peoples.

The bulk of the text is Hitler’s analysis of Germany’s future policies toward England, France, and Italy. He argues at length that the Germans in the South Tyrol have to be sacrificed, just as the borders of 1914 were inadequate to the future needs of Germany. With Italy as an ally, Germany could defeat the Jews and achieve its destiny.

Hitler managed to obscure his racist and militarist philosophies sufficiently to fool German voters, French and British politicians, and even some of his own followers, not to mention modern historians.