Orwell On Hitler
In 1940 George Orwell, who would later write “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-four,” reviewed a new edition of “Mein Kampf, which Hitler had originally published back in 1925. Four months after this review was published, the Battle of Britain began.
“..The initial personal cause of his grievance against the universe can only be guessed at; but at any rate the grievance is there.
He is the martyr, the victim, Prometheus chained to the rock, the self-sacrificing hero who fights single-handed against impossible odds. If he were killing a mouse he would know how to make it seem like a dragon…”
“Hitler, because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control, and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flags, and loyalty-parades….”
“…Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a more grudging way, have said to people ‘I offer you a good time,’ Hitler has said to them ‘I offer you struggle, danger and death,’ and as a result the whole nation flings itself at his feet.”
—Excerpts from George Orwell’s review of “Mein Kampf,” New English Weekly, March 21, 1940.
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