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Mein Rant: A Summary in Light Verse of 'Mein Kampf'

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When Germany invaded Poland on 1st September 1939, to reclaim the land they 'lost' after World War One, many feared that Britain would not honour the pledges of support to Poland they had given throughout 1939. Britain stood alone. France feared a major war, and would not help. The USA would not support Britain. Suddenly Adolf Hitler, with whom Prime Minister Chamberlain h ...more
Hardcover, 84 pages
Published August 24th 2009 by Waverley Books Ltd (first published 1940)
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I keep telling myself that, with all the Holocaust reading I do, I really ought to bite the bullet and read Mein Kampf . But I never have. I've tried, but it's really badly written and impossible for me to tolerate for more than a chapter or two.

Which is why I'm all the more impressed that R.F. Patterson was able to read the whole thing and then agonize over the rhymes to summarize it in amusing verse! With lines like:

And I decided that at least
I'd be an abbot or a priest.
But my respected paren
May 02, 2010 Rose added it
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A summary of Mein Kampf, presented in rhyming couplets with illustrations by Heath Robinson. As Patterson notes, “In one respect my epitome has the advantage over the original; the book in its pristine state has neither rhyme nor reason, while my abridgment undoubtedly has rhyme.”.

Some sample quotes:

I underwent a course of cram,
And sat a most unfair exam;
For, though my genius cried aloud,
I ignominiously was ploughed.

[The examiner, the dirty dog,
Was member of a synagogue,
Or else, as I indeed sur
Tim Hurrell
"'Mein Kampf' had neither rhyme nor reason, while my abridgement undoubtedly has rhyme" - RF Patterson.
Another clever satire, this time from 1940, written in Britain's "darkest hour."
Mar 22, 2015 Taylor rated it it was amazing
since mein kampf is often unreadable, these hilarious versus outline and make fun of the ideas that Hitler wrote in the early 20s.
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