Today’s New York Times notes that a new translation of Hitler’s sequel to Mein Kampf is available (story). The West’s conflict with the Arab nations has made Nazi-era writings and history much more relevant. For example, one reads in the newspaper that opinion polls are showing that many Arabs regard George W. Bush as the world’s leading war criminal. A parallel can be found in Berlin, The Downfall 1945 (Antony Beevor). On April 14, 1945, Adolf Hitler commented on the death of Roosevelt: “At the moment when Fate has removed the greatest war criminal of all time from this earth, the turn of events in this war will be decisive.”
Hitler’s spirit is alive in 2003 in the USA as well. Pick up some marketing literature from Mercedes for example. Hitler named his underground command bunkers at Zossen (20 km south of Berlin) “Maybach I” and “Maybach II”. The latest luxury car from Mercedes is called the “Maybach” (see http://www.maybachusa.com/). It costs around $360,000 (not a problem for former American Airlines CEO Don Carty; the board of directors finally had to fire him for nearly running the company into bankruptcy and for looting the last bits of cash for himself and a few other top execs but he can console himself with a $13.5 million “supplemental pension”). Hitler probably would have loved this car. Although the Fuhrer is best known for his work with Porsche to bring the Volkswagen Beetle to the German people, for himself he preferred the most luxurious Mercedes cars of the day.