The Inner Nazi: A Critical Analysis of Mein Kampf

The Inner Nazi: A Critical Analysis of Mein Kampf

The Inner Nazi: A Critical Analysis of Mein Kampf

The Inner Nazi: A Critical Analysis of Mein Kampf

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"You have to know Hitler. I knew him. I hated him," declared Hans Staudinger in a 1978 interview.

Prior to World War I, as a graduate student, Staudinger had studied with Max and Alfred Weber at Heidelberg University where he received his doctorate. After the war he served as state secretary in the Prussian Ministry of Trade and Commerce and was subsequently elected to the Reichstag as a Social Democrat. His socialist af filiation made Staudinger an early target of the Nazis. In 1933 he managed to escape from Germany and accepted a professorship of economics at the newly organized "University in Exile" in New York City. The University in Exile was founded by Alvin Johnson, president of the New School for Social Research, to provide an academic shelter for European scholars who had fled Hitler. Staudinger later became dean of the Graduate Faculty of the New School, the successor to the University in Exile. In 1938 Staudinger began to translate Mein Kampf, a work which he believed was critical to an understanding of the inner motives of Hitler's Germany Two years later he published an analysis of the economy of the Third Reich, "The Future of Totalitarian Barter Trade Economy," which appeared in Social Research. In 1941 Staudinger, with the assistance of Werner Pese, a research associ-

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