Offered for sale is a RARE ORIGINAL 1940 TORNISTERAUSGABE OF ADOLF HITLER’S BESTSELLER ‘MEIN KAMPF’ PUBLISHED FOR THE SOLDIER TO READ AT THE FRONTLINE! Martha Gailer, a grade student received this book in recognition of outstanding achievements in trade school in Lienz, Gau Kaernten (annexed Austria).
Adolf Hitler’s autobiography and political manifest. The copy that is offered for sale was published in 1940 by Central Publishing House of the NSDAP, Franz Eher, Nachf. in Munich, Germany. It was thought that not only the fellow Volksgenosse at home should read Mein Kampf but also the soldier who fought for their freedom at the frontlines. Therefore a much smaller but unabridged copy was published. Its size was 4-1/2 x 6-3/4 inch, so it could be carried easier by the soldier than the standard edition. It was also printed on much thinner paper. It would be interesting to know how many soldiers actually read this book in their foxhole, trench or where ever else they saw duty. The copy offered here is in nice condition. The only flaws are some spots on spine and cover that look like glue residue, perhaps from a library label.
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! 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”). Before Hitler became Reich Chancellor of Germany in 1933, Mein Kampf sold very slowly; but in 1933 alone 1.5 million copies were sold.
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