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    Quote Originally Posted by ScribbleScribe View Post
    Actually, as do I. Religion minor here.
    I've had the equivalent of a minor in Bible. And I've been a preacher for quite a number of years. Any favorite parts?
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    Actually I've read only bits and pieces so I can't say what is my favorite part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScribbleScribe View Post
    Actually I've read only bits and pieces so I can't say what is my favorite part.
    I'm always available to discuss or give thoughts on any parts of it. Feel free to message me.
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    From Mein Kampf to the Bible in two pages. Is this a record?
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    People say the bible is boring but its one of the most analyzed texts in history. So, yeah, not all literature is interesting I guss.

    And some people find Shakespeare "boring". Many, many years ago I was assigned a research essay on the rise of the Nazis and read Mein Kampf as part of the research. It was horribly written and painfully repetitive as well as its obvious moral lapses.
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    Maybe its easier to digest in audio form. The guy reading it has a german accent.

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    I studied it when in my 30's. Everything that Hitler was to become is there. A terrible lunatic. I don't blame any Jew for being scared of even touching it.

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    Was Hitler really much of a rhetorician? I used to be a ww2 buff so I took in quite a few hours of his speeches. The man had a powerful presence, he was a stick of dynamite that kept on exploding. Add to that the euphoric energy of the mob and I understand how he could come to wield such influence over the German people. But if you compare his rhetoric to the speeches in say Thucydides, it wasn't all that impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy88 View Post
    Was Hitler really much of a rhetorician? I used to be a ww2 buff so I took in quite a few hours of his speeches. The man had a powerful presence, he was a stick of dynamite that kept on exploding. Add to that the euphoric energy of the mob and I understand how he could come to wield such influence over the German people. But if you compare his rhetoric to the speeches in say Thucydides, it wasn't all that impressive.
    I agree, but he knew how to give people what they wanted.
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    I've always been interested in reading Mien Kumpf (I've always thought the title was dirty sounding, though that's not why I want to read it). After reading this thread, I've changed my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutatis-Mutandi View Post
    I've always been interested in reading Mien Kumpf (I've always thought the title was dirty sounding, though that's not why I want to read it). After reading this thread, I've changed my mind.
    It really is not worth it outside of the historical value.
    I wrote a poem on a leaf and it blew away...

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    Did Hitler actually write his own speeches?

    The sections I read of Mein Kampf came off as the words of a blathering idiot - a far cry from the brilliant speaker that people make him out to be.

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    I think the power of his speeches was largely derived from how he spoke, not what he spoke. I doubt someone speaking in a boring monotone could've achieved any kind of success as Hitler did. Hell, he more likely would've been labeled a nut.

    Maybe that's the key to liking Mien Kumpf--just hear the narrator as a screaming, dynamic man with messy oiled hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desolation View Post
    Did Hitler actually write his own speeches?

    The sections I read of Mein Kampf came off as the words of a blathering idiot - a far cry from the brilliant speaker that people make him out to be.
    Agree rotundly. Short of retarded. But the germans were very mentally ill and ready for him.
    That's why at the end, we needed the Nuremberg trials. Germany was very ill.

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    And yet these same "mentally ill" Germans also produced a wealth of the leading figures in art, music, literature, the theater, film, and philosophy:

    Thomas Mann
    Hermann Hesse
    Robert Walser
    Franz Kafka
    Ranier Maria Rilke
    Gottfried Benn
    Bertolt Brecht
    Stefan George
    Klaus Mann
    Richard Strauss
    Alban Berg
    Arnold Schoenberg
    Erich Korngold
    Anton Webern
    Paul Hindemith
    Otto Klemperer
    Wilhelm Furtwangler
    Herbert von Karajan
    Kurt Weill
    Othmar Schoeck
    Marlene Dietrich
    Greta Garbo
    F.W. Murnau
    Max Reinhardt
    Leni Riefenstahl
    Conrad Veidt
    Robert Weine
    Walter Gropius
    Mies van der Rohe
    Theodor Adorno
    Walter Benjamin
    Martin Buber
    Martin Heidegger
    Paul Klee
    Max Beckmann
    E.L. Kirchner
    Otto Dix
    George Grosz
    max Ernst
    John Heartfield
    Erich Heckel
    Emil Nolde
    Kurt Schwitters
    Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
    Fritz Lang
    Adolf Loos
    Ernst Lubitsch
    Georg Wilhelm Pabst
    Peter Lorre
    Billy Wilder
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