'Ascent Of Evil: The Story Of Mein Kampf'
(Adolf Hitler, et al / DVD / NR / 2018 / MVD Visual)
Overview: 'Ascent of Evil: The Story of Mein Kampf' is an autobiographical manifesto written by Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler while imprisoned following his 1923 failed coup attempt in Munich.
DVD Verdict: In Mein Kampf, Hitler outlined his political ideology and goals for Germany. Today, Mein Kampf is still available in libraries, on the Internet, at universities and even at bookstores worldwide.
Yet much of the history of this 720-page, two-volume screed is now forgotten. Using historical footage, photographs and interviews with scholars, 'Ascent of Evil' plunges deep into the infamous blueprint for evil's dark secrets and reveals how this book came to be written and its impact on world.
So, taking a more detailed look back at Mein Kampf, and we discover watching this new documentary that the work describes the process by which Hitler became antisemitic and outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany.
Indeed, Volume 1 of Mein Kampf was published in 1925 and Volume 2 in 1926 and the book was edited by Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess.
Hitler began Mein Kampf 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. The book was a bestseller in Germany during the 1930s.
After Hitler's death, copyright of Mein Kampf passed to the state government of Bavaria, which refused to allow any copying or printing of the book in Germany.
In 2016, following the expiry of the copyright held by the Bavarian state government, Mein Kampf was republished in Germany for the first time since 1945, which prompted public debate and divided reactions from Jewish groups.
Using historical footage, photographs and interviews with scholars, 'Ascent Of Evil: The Story Of Mein Kampf' (52 minutes) plunges deep into the infamous document's dark secrets and reveals how this book came to be written and its impact on world. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.