Well, here's a unique book for the bibliophile who has everything. Hitler's very own copy of his Mein Kampf (My Struggle; original title "Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice") dictated to his right-hand man Rudolf Hess, while the future Fuhrer was in prison in 1923-1924 at Landsberg Prison, serving a 5 year sentence for high treason regarding his ramrodding the famous Beer Hall Putsch. (But don't worry about poor Adolf, he never served anything close to 5 years, and was pardoned on December 24th, 1924 after serving only 9 months.)
"A 70-year copyright of Mein Kampf held by the state of Bavaria expired at the beginning of 2016, meaning that the book can now be published in various countries in which it was banned for the past seven decades, such as Germany. While Mein Kampf was never banned in the United States, this will be the first time its original copy is being made available for interested buyers — it’s been held by the daughter of one of the soldiers who originally found the volume in Hitler’s apartment in 1945.
"The auction house will also be selling other personal items once owned by Hitler, including signed documents, photographs, dinnerware, and books from his library."
Hitler was a very frustrated artist from his youth. After his beloved mother died, he moved to Vienna, where he hoped to be accepted into the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. He was not successful and was devastated by the rejection of his two attempts. Imagine what a difference it would have made in the world if Hitler had been accepted to the Academy and was supported in pursuing a career as an artist instead of an enraged mass murderer––he was already walking the edge of an emotional razor blade.
"Kubizek also recalled Hitler displayed an increasingly unstable personality with a terrible temper. At times he was quite reasonable but he was always prone to sudden outbursts of rage especially when he was corrected on anything. He had no real interest in women, preferring to keep away from them and even smugly rebuffed those who showed any interest in him. He strictly adhered to his Catholic upbringing regarding sex, believing men and women should remain celibate until marriage.
"Hitler was also prone to sudden bursts of inspiration and had many interesting ideas but never finished anything he started. Whether composing his own opera or redesigning the city of Vienna, he would start with much enthusiasm and work hard, only to eventually lose interest."
Hitler's paintings (mostly watercolor) were always very conservative, architecture based, and generally considered bland and uninspired. His personal taste as a painter also extended to his reign as Fuhrer––he despised modern art and considered it entartete (degenerate). In 1937 he launched a major campaign, with aid of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbles, to put what he considered unacceptable art on a public gallery tour titled Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art). Hitler wanted to literally show the world what was NOT appropriate artwork for his new Reich––especially art that portrayed WWI in a negative light. One artist he particularly despised was OTTO DIX, who had done countless paintings and sketches depicting the horrors he had experienced first hand in WWI.
***Also check the OTTO DIX page on ARTSY!
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