On this day in 1925 Adolf Hitler published his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.
Mein Kampf is an autobiographical manifesto by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in which he outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany. Volume 1 of Mein Kampf was published in 1925 and Volume 2 in 1926.
The book was edited by the former Hieronymite friar Bernhard Stempfle, who was murdered during the Night of the Long Knives.
Hitler began dictating the book to his deputy Rudolf Hess while imprisoned for what he considered to be “political crimes” following his failed Putsch in Munich in November 1923.
Although Hitler received many visitors initially, he soon devoted himself entirely to the book. As he continued, Hitler realized that it would have to be a two-volume work, with the first volume scheduled for release in early 1925.
The governor of Landsberg noted at the time that “he [Hitler] hopes the book will run into many editions, thus enabling him to fulfill his financial obligations and to defray the expenses incurred at the time of his trial.”