ORIGINAL 1942 KRIEGSMARINE EDITION OF ADOLF HITLERS “MEIN KAMPF”

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VERY RARE ORIGINAL 1942 KRIEGSMARINE EDITION VOLKSAUSGABE OF ADOLF HITLER’S BESTSELLER

“MEIN KAMPF”

IDENTICAL TO THE BLUE PEOPLE’S EDITION, ONLY WITH RED COVERS

Adolf Hitler’s autobiography and political manifest. The copy that is offered for sale is a very hard to find variant of the People’s Edition or Volksausgabe, published in 1942 by Central Publishing House of the NSDAP, Franz Eher, Nachf. in Munich, Germany. This is the Kriegsmarine-Ausgabe or Nazi Navy Edition. It is identical to the standard blue People’s Edition, only that the covers are red. The title page has been removed, unfortunately quite common after 1945. The Volksausgabe was smaller in size than the earlier editions. In fact, it now had the same size as a standard German bible. This was no coincidence, the Nazi’s goal was that Mein Kampf would eventually replace the bible in every German household. This copy belonged to the Kommando 8. Schkiffsstammabteilung and has a nice 1943 Christmas dedication.

Hitler dictated this book to his secretary, Rudolf Hess while imprisoned in Landsberg after the failed 1923 revolution. The first editions (1925 and 1926) were only “Band I” (volume one), “Band II” (volume two) was first published in December 1926. Except a number of special editions, all the “official” Third Reich copies (1933 to 1945) contained both volumes combined in one book. Very few copies of the first editions have survived. When his book first came out it was not a success, few people cared about the book in 1925 which would almost have had a much longer title. The original title Hitler chose was “Viereinhalb Jahre [des Kampfes] gegen Lüge, Dummheit und Feigheit” (Four and a Half Years [of Struggle] against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice). His Nazi publisher, Max Amann, decided this title was too complicated and had it shortened to “Mein Kampf” (simply “My Struggle”).

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