Necropost, but back to the topic of Mein Kampf: Albert Speer mentions in his book Inside the Third Reich that even while serving as Hitler's architect and Minister of Armaments, he never got around to reading MK, outside of leafing through a few pages because he found it overly wordy and difficult to read. He felt bad about it because by then it was mandatory reading for many Germans (especially those in government), and he admitted to Hitler that he'd never actually read his book. Hitler told him not to worry about it, because the world had changed since he wrote it and that it was already outmoded and out of date.
PS: To all of you amazed at color pictures of WW2 soldiers: Have you really never seen colored pictures from this period? You do realize that the movie "The Wizard of Oz" came out in 1938, right?
Amazing photo's and scary as well. nevertheless, an important part of history and an education of what to look out for and expect if it were to happen again. As an aside, I was watching a program on discovery the other night about something about the Nazis and an old German guy said there was a bit of an unsaid joke about the Nazi salute. Apparently when they clicked their heels and raised their arm up in the air in a Nazi salute, you were saying, "we're in this much sh!t".
Nazi Germany seems to be a good place to life... if you were a German and Nazi
Old good times...
Well, unless you were a Jew, Slav, you had other ideas for life than the regime, wanted any form of autonomy from the state, etc. etc. And for a very short time, as well. The impression from literature is that the best times were ca. in 1940, especially after the fall of France - afterwards... we all know the history... so the impression seems rather superficial. BTW, the promise of good life as opposed to very harsh times of Weimar Republic was one of the reasons, why Nazis seduced German society so easily.