Periodicals>Magazine Article:  Orwell, George (1940), Review of Mein Kampf, Retrieved on 2014-08-16
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    16 AUG 2014

     Hitler's Appeal was His Promise of Strife and Warfare

    Also he has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all “progressive” thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security and avoidance of pain. In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues. The Socialist who finds his children playing with soldiers is usually upset, but he is never able to think of a substitute for the tin soldiers; ti...
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    16 AUG 2014

     Orwell Notes Hitler's Rigidity of Mind

    It is a sign of the speed at which events are moving that Hurst and Blackett’s unexpurgated edition of Mein Kampf, published only a year ago, is edited from a pro-Hitler angle. The obvious intention of the translator’s preface and notes is to tone down the book’s ferocity and present Hitler in as kindly a light as possible. For at that date Hitler was still respectable. He had crushed the German labour movement, and for that the property-owning classes were willing to forgive him almost...
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    He notes that Hitler's ideas did not change at all over 15 years and that is a mark of madness.