April 1945, the Second World War in Europe was drawing to an end in Berlin, Germany’s defeat was inevitable and the fighting was exceptionally fierce. The world was beginning to grasp the unprecedented scale of the conflict, more than 50 million people lost their lives and no war had every claimed so many casualties, military and civilian.
When soldiers of the victorious Allied forces discovered the concentration camps they were so appalled by what they found they brought civilians from the surrounding area to see the horrors of the camps with their own eyes. Many Germans claimed to know nothing of what went on in the camps or the Holocaust.
At the Nuremberg trials even some leading Nazis denied knowing anything about it when confronted with evidence of the atrocities but British prosecutor Frederick Elwin Jones was among those who insisted this could not be the case as the blueprint for the Holocaust was laid out for all to read in Hitlers very own book “Mein Kampf”.
Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” was first published in 1925. The 700-page work has been translated into 18 languages, sold over 12 million copies and been revised numerous times since Hitler’s death. Almost everyone knows of it, yet hardly anyone has actually read it. “Mein Kampf” is a book of paradoxes, famous yet unfamiliar – fascinating and repellant at the same time.