With these two books I’ve completed my latest goal of 60 books read this year. This will lead to a new project, details about it pretty soon. The books I’ve read this month can’t be more different from one another.
I remember when I was in school at a history class. My teacher told us that Hitler wrote a book called Mein Kampf. I was in high school and interested in psychology. So, naturally, my first though was a question, why did Germany and the rest of the civilized world let Hitler become so strong when they knew what he thought. I wanted to read the book, to see for myself what he wrote. This month I read it.
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
For years this book was banned in Germany until the copyright run out. I can’t understand why. Learning about what happened and what lead to the WW2 in Europe should be a better approach in my mind. People will not become Nazi after reading this book.
I will make a dedicated post with 10 things I learned about Hitler, after reading Mein Kampf. Besides the question I’ve thought of as a teenager when I heard about the book, I had another question in mind. Why Jews didn’t leave Germany?
After reading the book I’m still wondering why people in the civilized world thought it will not lead to a World War. Some of the words Hitler uses about Jews are shocking, full of hate. When he was talking to a group of a 100 people or so it didn’t matter. But, after he entered the German Parliament with German votes, what were other’s doing? I remember seeing a picture at National Football Museum of the English football team doing a Nazi salute in 1938 at a game in Germany. The first volume of Mein Kampf was published 15 years earlier, in 1923, and the second one after a couple of years. Hindsight is a wonderful thing though.
I still wonder why more Jews didn’t leave Germany, it must have been terrifying for them to read those words and still remain in the country. Maybe it was hope.
This is a book I would definitely recommend to anybody interested in modern history, psychology, and politics.
Best Mates. Six Favourite Stories by Michael Morpurgo
This is a children’s book. I got it from a charity shop thinking is something light I can read when I don’t have time to read something more substantial. The book has some ideas I wouldn’t want to teach a child, I didn’t enjoy it. The stories in the book were written from 1974 to 2008. I didn’t notice a particular improvement of the ideas over time. Of course, this is a personal opinion, others might think he is a great writer of children’s stories.
If I had a child, I would read the books/stories before, to know if it’s something I would be happy my child to read, or if we should have a discussion after about values and ideas.
Did you have any reading goals this year?