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Duration: 19min 18sec.

Hitler once believed the Jews were a persecuted people,
until... he went to Vienna.
Listen to this narration of an extract of Mein Kampf and
ask yourselves if this sounds familiar to you or not.

Mein Kampf, Chapter II: Years of study and suffering in Vienna:

It was not until I was fourteen or fifteen years old that I frequently ran up against
the word ‘Jew’, partly in connection with political controversies. These references
aroused a slight aversion in me, and I could not avoid an uncomfortable feeling
which always came over me when I had to listen to religious disputes. But at that
time I had no other feelings about the Jewish question.

There were very few Jews in Linz. In the course of centuries the Jews who lived
there had become Europeanized in external appearance and were so much like
other human beings that I even looked upon them as Germans. The reason why I
did not then perceive the absurdity of such an illusion was that the only external
mark which I recognized as distinguishing them from us was the practice of their
strange religion. As I thought that they were persecuted on account of their Faith
my aversion to hearing remarks against them grew almost into a feeling of abhorrence.
I did not in the least suspect that there could be such a thing as a systematic anti-Semitism.
Then I came to Vienna.

Confused by the mass of impressions I received from the architectural surroundings
and depressed by my own troubles, I did not at first distinguish between the different
social strata of which the population of that mammoth city was composed. Although
Vienna then had about two hundred thousand Jews among its population of two
millions, I did not notice them. During the first weeks of my sojourn my eyes and my
mind were unable to cope with the onrush of new ideas and values. Not until I
gradually settled down to my surroundings, and the confused picture began to grow
clearer, did I acquire a more discriminating view of my new world.

And with that I came up against the Jewish problem. I will not say that the manner
in which I first became acquainted with it was particularly unpleasant for me. In the
Jew I still saw only a man who was of a different religion, and therefore, on grounds
of human tolerance, I was against the idea that he should be attacked because he had
a different faith. And so I considered that the tone adopted by the anti-Semitic Press in
Vienna was unworthy of the cultural traditions of a great people. The memory of certain
events which happened in the middle ages came into my mind, and I felt that I should
not like to see them repeated. Generally speaking, these anti-Semitic newspapers did
not belong to the first rank - but I did not then understand the reason of this - and so I
regarded them more as the products of jealousy and envy rather than the expression
of a sincere, though wrong-headed, feeling.

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My ideas about anti-Semitism changed also in the course of time, but that was the
change which I found most difficult. It cost me a greater internal conflict with myself,
and it was only after a struggle between reason and sentiment that victory began to
be decided in favour of the former. Two years later sentiment rallied to the side of
reasons and became a faithful guardian and counsellor.

At the time of this bitter struggle, between calm reason and the sentiments in which
I had been brought up, the lessons that I learned on the streets of Vienna rendered
me invaluable assistance. A time came when I no longer passed blindly along the street
of the mighty city, as I had done in the early days, but now with my eyes open not only
to study the buildings but also the human beings.

Once, when passing through the inner City, I suddenly encountered a phenomenon in a
long caftan and wearing black side-locks. My first thought was: Is this a Jew?
They certainly did not have this appearance in Linz. I watched the man stealthily and
cautiously; but the longer I gazed at the strange countenance and examined it feature
by feature, the more the question shaped itself in my brain: Is this a German?

As was always my habit with such experiences, I turned to books for help in removing my
doubts. For the first time in my life I bought myself some anti-Semitic pamphlets for a few
pence. But unfortunately they all began with the assumption that in principle the reader
had at least a certain degree of information on the Jewish question or was even familiar
with it. Moreover, the tone of most of these pamphlets was such that I became doubtful
again, because the statements made were partly superficial and the proofs extraordinarily
unscientific. For weeks, and indeed for months, I returned to my old way of thinking. The
subject appeared so enormous and the accusations were so far-reaching that I was afraid
of dealing with it unjustly and so I became again anxious and uncertain.

Naturally I could no longer doubt that here there was not a question of Germans who
happened to be of a different religion but rather that there was question of an entirely
different people. For as soon as I began to investigate the matter and observe the Jews,
then Vienna appeared to me in a different light. Wherever I now went I saw Jews, and the
more I saw of them the more strikingly and clearly they stood out as a different people from
the other citizens. Especially the Inner City and the district northwards from the Danube
Canal swarmed with a people who, even in outer appearance, bore no similarity to the Germans.

But any indecision which I may still have felt about that point was finally removed by the
activities of a certain section of the Jews themselves. A great movement, called Zionism, arose
among them. Its aim was to assert the national character of Judaism, and the movement was
strongly represented in Vienna. To outward appearances it seemed as if only one group of Jews
championed this movement, while the great majority disapproved of it, or even repudiated it.
But an investigation of the situation showed that those outward appearances were purposely

These outward appearances emerged from a mist of theories which had been produced for
reasons of expediency, if not for purposes of downright deception. For that part of Jewry which
was styled Liberal did not disown the Zionists as if they were not members of their race but
rather as brother Jews who publicly professed their faith in an unpractical way, so as to create
a danger for Jewry itself.

Thus there was no real rift in their internal solidarity. This fictitious conflict between the Zionists
and the Liberal Jews soon disgusted me; for it was false through and through and in direct
contradiction to the moral dignity and immaculate character on which that race had always
prided itself. Cleanliness, whether moral or of another kind, had its own peculiar meaning for
these people. That they were water-shy was obvious on looking at them and, unfortunately,
very often also when not looking at them at all. The odor of those people in caftans often
used to make me feel ill. Beyond that there were the unkempt clothes and the ignoble exterior.

All these details were certainly not attractive; but the revolting feature was that beneath their
unclean exterior one suddenly perceived the moral mildew of the chosen race.

What soon gave me cause for very serious consideration were the activities of the Jews in certain
branches of life, into the mystery of which I penetrated little by little. Was there any shady
undertaking, any form of foulness, especially in cultural life, in which at least one Jew did not
participate? On putting the probing knife carefully to that kind of abscess one immediately
discovered, like a maggot in a putrescent body, a little Jew who was often blinded by the sudden

In my eyes the charge against Judaism became a grave one the moment I discovered the Jewish
activities in the Press, in art, in literature and the theater.
All unctuous protests were now more or less futile. One needed only to look at the posters
announcing the hideous productions of the cinema and theater, and study the names of the authors
who were highly lauded there in order to become permanently adamant on Jewish questions. Here
was a pestilence, a moral pestilence, with which the public was being infected. It was worse than the
Black Plague of long a go. And in what mighty doses this poison was manufactured and distributed.
Naturally, the lower the moral and intellectual level of such an author of artistic products the more
inexhaustible his fecundity. Sometimes it went so far that one of these fellows, acting like a sewage
pump, would shoot his filth directly in the face of other members of the human race. In this connection
we must remember there is no limit to the number of such people. One ought to realize that for one,
Goethe, Nature may bring into existence ten thousand such despoilers who act as the worst kind of
germ-carriers in poisoning human souls. It was a terrible thought, and yet it could not be avoided,
that the greater number of the Jews seemed specially destined by Nature to play this shameful part.

And is it for this reason that they can be called the chosen people?
I began then to investigate carefully the names of all the fabricators of these unclean products in public
cultural life. The result of that inquiry was still more disfavourable to the attitude which I had hitherto
held in regard to the Jews. Though my feelings might rebel a thousand time, reason now had to draw its
own conclusions.

The fact that nine-tenths of all the smutty literature, artistic tripe and theatrical banalities, had to be
charged to the account of people who formed scarcely one per cent. of the nation - that fact could not
be gainsaid. It was there, and had to be admitted. Then I began to examine my favorite ‘World Press’,
with that fact before my mind. The deeper my soundings went the lesser grew my respect for that Press
which I formerly admired. Its style became still more repellent and I was forced to reject its ideas as
entirely shallow and superficial.
To claim that in the presentation of facts and views its attitude was impartial seemed to me to contain
more falsehood than truth. The writers were - Jews.

Thousands of details that I had scarcely noticed before seemed to me now to deserve attention. I began
to grasp and understand things which I had formerly looked at in a different light. I saw the Liberal policy
of that Press in another light. Its dignified tone in replying to the attacks of its adversaries and its dead
silence in other cases now became clear to me as part of a cunning and despicable way of deceiving the
readers. Its brilliant theatrical criticisms always praised the Jewish authors and its adverse, criticism was
reserved exclusively for the Germans.

The light pin-pricks against William II showed the persistency of its policy, just as did its systematic
commendation of French culture and civilization. The subject matter of the Feuilletons was trivial and often
pornographic. The language of this Press as a whole had the accent of a foreign people. The general
tone was openly derogatory to the Germans and this must have been definitely intentional.

What were the interests that urged the Vienna Press to adopt such a policy? Or did they do so merely by
chance? In attempting to find an answer to those questions I gradually became more and more dubious.

Then something happened which helped me to come to an early decision. I began to see through the
meaning of a whole series of events that were taking place in other branches of Viennese life.
All these were inspired by a general concept of manners and morals which was openly put into practice by
a large section of the Jews and could be established as attributable to them. Here, again, the life which I
observed on the streets taught me what evil really is.

The part which the Jews played in the social phenomenon of prostitution, and more especially in the white
slave traffic, could be studied here better than in any other West-European city, with the possible exception
of certain ports in Southern France. Walking by night along the streets of the Leopoldstadt, almost at every
turn whether one wished it or not, one witnessed certain happenings of whose existence the Germans knew
nothing until the War made it possible and indeed inevitable for the soldiers to see such things on the Eastern
front. A cold shiver ran down my spine when I first ascertained that it was the same kind of cold-blooded,
thick-skinned and shameless Jew who showed his consummate skill in conducting that revolting exploitation
of the dregs of the big city. Then I became fired with wrath.

I had now no more hesitation about bringing the Jewish problem to light in all its details. No. Henceforth I was
determined to do so. But as I learned to track down the Jew in all the different spheres of cultural and artistic life,
and in the various manifestations of this life everywhere, I suddenly came upon him in a position where I had
least expected to find him. I now realized that the Jews were the leaders of Social Democracy.

In face of that revelation the scales fell from my eyes. My long inner struggle was at an end.

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The-Mad-Walker Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice upload I say! :)
Der-Himmelstern Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Yes, I though I would educate the masses a bit
because so many people are making up claims
about Mein Kampf when it is obvious that they
never read it.

The video is not from me but I had to upload it. :D (Big Grin) 
Annabeth5110 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Writer
Thank you for posting this.
Der-Himmelstern Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
I thought it was a good idea to post this as
many people misinterpret, or are simply
ignorant of the content of Mein Kampf.
Often people are rather curious to know
what is written about the Jews, so I though
it was a good deviation to upload, culturally
Annabeth5110 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Writer
Not only about the jews, but I always wanted to read the Mein Kampf. Now I got a free sample, at least X^D
Der-Himmelstern Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
You can download the book in many different languages here, if need be:…
Annabeth5110 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Writer
Mein gott, danke!!!
Der-Himmelstern Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
Ich bin glücklich, es hilft! :D (Big Grin) 
Annabeth5110 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Writer
Okay, my german isn't that great. Wink/Razz  Translation, please?
Der-Himmelstern Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
"I am happy it helps! :D (Big Grin) "
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