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I went to an on line book Mein Kampf and this quote is not on page 403

It depends on the particular translation and publication. This is the Reynal and and Hitchcock publication (which I prefer because it is pre-war), but the quote in question has apparently been cited from the Manheim translation of 1943. Unless a chapter reference is given, I cannot verify myself the existence of this quote. The discussion below, however, smacks of some truth, as I readily recognize the first part, while the second half sounds uncharacteristic

Here is the exact quote from the Ralph Manheim translation:

"The folkish state must make up for what everyone else today has neglected in this field. It must set race in the center of all life. It must take care to keep it pure. It must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. It must see to it that only the healthy beget children; that there is only one disgrace: despite one's own sickness and deficiencies, to bring children into the world, and one highest honor: to renounce doing so. And conversely it must be considered reprehensible: to withhold healthy children from the nation. Here the state must act as the guardian of a millennial future in the face of which the wishes and the selfishness of the individual must appear as nothing and submit." The paragraph goes on, but you can hopefully see the context.

Stalag Edition[edit]

There's a link here to a screenshot of page 432 in Hitler's Stalag edition of My Struggle, that seems to be the quotation in discussion: Here's the entire book for double checking: The Stalag Edition is said to be the official English version of Mein Kampf, approved by Hitler.

Dropped quotes[edit]

Why were several quotes dropped during the re-ordering of the quotes? I'm specifically talking about:

The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.

I didn't want to revert all the changes, but could the person who revised it re-add the missing quotes or explain why they were removed? --Spatz 18:32, 12 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That quote in particular is apparently from the Ralph Manheim translation (ISBN 0395078016). Page 403 of the 1943 version. What I would like, is for someone to go to a library and make a photocopy/scan of that page, so we finally have proof that it's really in there. And to check out which chapter it's in, so we can add it to the Mein Kampf article. -- 22:38, 13 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You can search the Ralph Manheim translation on Google Books and the quote doesn't appear to be there (or in any edition): see here. This doesn't appear to be a real quote. Morish 14:36, 7 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Update: logicalriot on reddit pointed me to this post which shows that it's actually a manufactured quote derived from a passage in a fictional letter written by Rabbi Daniel Lapin in 2004. So it's fake; end of story. Morish 17:20, 7 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I was suspicious it might be a fake quote too, that's why I came to check it out. If it does turn out to be in there then someone can come forward with it. It is possible that not all content shows up on Google Books right? Unless it's all accessible (is it public domain?) When I checked SydWalker's site, he writes in his blog that while he did not say the quote above, he said an abbreviated version: "At least, he DID write in Mein Kampf (English Translation): “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people.”" I am not sure even that is accurate though. I was reading the Gutenberg text here yet no segments of either of these quotes show up. The eleven times "the children" shows up in this translation he's not at all addressing topics like this. Tyciol 09:52, 22 January 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I second that! Absolutely. False quotes are false history. Let's be accurate. 23:57, 6 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Rather than search for "the children", a search for "child" reveals this quote in Project Gutenburg's translation.."It must proclaim the truth that the child is the most valuable possession a people can have." - Cate, 11 August, 2010

For further clarity in response to Tyciol's checking I looked at it, Cate's got it right. The section, however, is about eugenics, not mental control of the population.

See The quote, -The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people.-; is in Mein Kampf, the rest is a fictional dissertation on that line. Just trying to help out.

The above mentioned site is questionable at best. From what I could tell, the text is supposed to be a letter from Hitler to Julius, however there is mention of him writing it after he shot himself to death. I looked at the German text at and could not find anything that resembles the quote in question. Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403


A V.I / Ch.10 quote on early marriage is included, but

Marriage is not an end in itself but must serve the greater end, which is that of increasing and maintaining the human species and the race. This is its only meaning and purpose.

is omitted, despite its relevance to modern debates on the definition and purpose of marriage. -- 04:47, 8 November 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Verification of quote[edit]

Can anyone verify if the following quote in the 'not yet placed by chapter' category is even in Mein Kampf:

We were convinced that the people needs and requires this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.

I checked the Project Gutenberg link and haven't been able to find it. Wikiquote's article on Adolf Hitler has him saying it in a speech in 1933. Other sources seem to cite the speech for the quote as well. --Night Jaguar 04:45, 9 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The quote is here (in German) date 1934. "Wir haben daher den Kampf gegen die Gottlosenbewegung nicht mit ein paar theoretischen Erklarungen aufgenommen, wir haben sie ausgerottet." *As a note, he literally says "godless movement" ("Gottlosenbewegung") which had a different, more political connotation than words like "atheist", e.g., atheistischen Organisationen; it is similiar to cold war usage of "Godless" in the US, but to a greater degree. --Downthatroad 00:11, 6 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Goddess quote[edit]

I removed the following quote, because I couldn't find a matching version in Murphy.

While the Goddess of suffering took me in her arms often threatening to crush me... my will to resistance grew and in the end that will was victorious.

I'm putting it here in case someone can find it. JesseW 07:36, 2 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Religious quotes[edit]

There seems to be, for whatever reason, a trend in the quotes to focusing to a much higher degree than the relative amount of space they are given in the text itself. But it is not religion in general that is focused on, only what seem to be positive assosciation between him and Christianity is included on the page. This is especially blatant when the included quote is only a setup for a complaint about the inadequacy of anti-Semitism in Christians, e.g., The anti-Semitism of the new movement [Christian Social movement] was based on religious ideas instead of racial knowledge. The very next sentence he calls it a mistake writing: The reason for the intrusion of this mistake was the same which brought about the second fallacy. is ommitted. So it is apparently important to note that Hitler thought the Christian Social movement was anti-Semitic for religious reasons, but not not worth mentioning (until I added it today) that Hitler appraised their anti-Semitism as their kind of anti-Semitism did not upset the Jews very much, simply because it had a purely religious foundation. not to mention, calling it a sham anti-Semitism which was almost worse than none at all; for it lulled people into security; they thought they had the foe by the ears, while in reality they themselves were being led by the nose. In a short time the Jew had become so accustomed to this type of anti-Semitism that he would have missed its disappearance more than its presence inconvenienced him.... Another example: What could be more natural for me than to look upon the Abbot as representing the highest human ideal worth striving for, just as the position of the humble village priest had appeared to my father in his own boyhood days? is here, the next sentence, At least, that was my idea for a while. But the juvenile disputes I had with my father did not lead him to appreciate his son’s oratorical gifts... is of course ommitted. Whereas quotes like "And the founder of Christianity made no secret indeed of his estimation of the Jewish people. When He found it necessary, He drove those enemies of the human race out of the Temple of God." can be found twice, once with the following "But at that time Christ was nailed to the Cross for his attitude towards the Jews; whereas our modern Christians enter into party politics and when elections are being held they debase themselves to beg for Jewish votes. They even enter into political intrigues with the atheistic Jewish parties against the interests of their own Christian nation. " sentence and once with just the pro-Christian setup, and complaint about Christians ommitted.

Furthermore, a lack of context also adds to the misleading atmosphere. "As long as leadership from above was not lacking, the people fulfilled their duty and obligation overwhelmingly. Whether Protestant pastor or Catholic priest, both together and particularly at the first flare, there really existed in both camps but a single holy German Reich, for whose existence and future each man turned to his own heaven." is provided, however it is not mentioned that he is talking about fighting for Germany "not only in the trenches but also, and even more so, at home" during WWI, not his Nazi struggles. "Therefore, I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator. By fighting off the Jews, I am doing the Lord's work." Does not mention it what the "Therefore" is referring to, which was Hitler's opinion that "If the Marxist teaching were to be accepted as the foundation of the life of the universe, it would lead to the disappearance of all order that is conceivable to the human mind. And thus the adoption of such a law would provoke chaos in the structure of the greatest organism that we know, with the result that the inhabitants of this earthly planet would finally disappear." Since he thought Marxism was a "Jewish doctrine", he decided that fighting them would prevent the spread of Marxism and therefore prevent the destruction of the world. So he reasoned that "Eternal Nature inexorably avenges the infringement of her commands", therefore he would be the "Creator"'s work by protecting the creation from Marxism by fighting the Jews. It is not the religious nature, but the political one (ie, the Marxist one that existed in his mind) of Judaism he justified himself against. In Anyone who dares to lay hands on the highest image of the Lord commits sacrilege against the benevolent creator of this miracle and contributes to the expulsion from paradise. Hitler explaned clearly that he was using religion (something his readers understood) as a metaphor for Völkism, (a new word usage for them) and in fact spent the preceding 11 paragraphs doing so. So it seems extremely weird here that the quote is presented by itself as if Hitler was making some kind of religious revelation rather than focusing on the actual subject of Hitler's discussion, Volkism/folkism, which is instead ignored completely. In fact, this isn't even the first sentence of the paragraph, someone actual removed the first sentence of the paragraph, was "To undermine the existence of human culture by exterminating its founders and custodians would be an execrable crime in the eyes of those who believe that the folk-idea lies at the basis of human existence." Appartently, even after 11 paragaphs of explanation of Völkism, the quoter still managed to come out with the idea that the fact that Addam and Eve were expulsed from paradise was the important message to take from this (in fact the expulsion is quoted twice here) whereas Völkism, which Hitler considered the ideal state for his emerging 3rd Reich (Volksgemeinschaft), doesnt even get a mention! I don't know what criteria this page uses for quotes, but whatever it is that is a unbelievable. --Overalk (talk) 12:57, 4 August 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I can't speak to the particulars of the quotes you mentioned, as I'm not particularly familiar with the works, but as for the "criteria this page uses for quotes" -- it's a wiki, it uses the same criteria as all wikis: the views of those who show up. A vaguely related guideline might be Wikiquote:Quotability, but, basically, -- if you see some existing quotes as lacking context, or having undue weight, fix it. If someone reverts or argues with you, bring it here. JesseW (talk) 04:30, 10 February 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mention of the child being the most precious treasure of the state[edit]

Someone asked in "dropped quotes" if Hitler really said that or anything like it, and wished that someone could submit a copy of page 403 of The Manheim translation. I have the book, have scanned the page as a PDF. Just tell me how to get it to you, and I will

If you have a wikipedia account, you can simply upload it. If not, there are many places to upload files. Do so, and add a link here. What would be even better (because it would make it more certain that the page hadn't been modified) is if you can find an existing online scan of the relevant page of theManheim translation, and link to that. Does that help? JesseW (talk) 04:20, 10 February 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Not yet placed by chapter quote 3"[edit]

>> We were convinced that the people needs and requires this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out. >> Speech delivered in Berlin 24 October 1933; from Norman H. Baynes, ed. (1969). The Speeches of Adolf Hitler: April 1922-August 1939. 1. New York: Howard Fertig. p. 378.

The line quotes is included at the bottom on the page as not yet placed by chapter. But in the main Article for Hitler Quotes it is sourced with the bolded origin, and the Australian Guttenberg version linked at the bottom of the page does not find the quote using any of the keywords at all (I've looked for Movement, Faith, Atheist... and stamped as pretty unmistakable parts of the sentence). Therefore it seems the line should not be included as stemming from "Mein Kampf". -- 18:56, 26 August 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

False quote[edit]

Hello. In the section "not yet placed by chapter", this quote is mentioned :

If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses, you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.

But I can't find any evidence that this quote is in Mein Kampf. I searched the version :

If you just Google the quote you'll find plenty of links to the quote. None of them list a source but I find it hard to believe that so many people would quote something if it's wrong. Just A Regular New Yorker (talk) 00:05, 15 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I found this quote credited to Hitler in a book titled "A Brotherhood of Tyrants: Manic Depression and Absolute Power" by D Jablow Hershman on Page 185. It should be noted however that the book use the words "he [Hitler] declared" sudjesting that this quote is from a speech not Mein Kampf. Just A Regular New Yorker (talk) 00:25, 15 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Associating Mein Kampf with modern Mainstream Media putrid propaganda[edit]

Hello Kalki - With respect, many international observers would quickly disagree that the idea of "associating Mein Kampf with modern Mainstream Media is... putrid propaganda", as you wrote, unless they were in the camp that thinks permanent war justified with lies is a good thing, that truth is something that should be manipulated to gratify their desires, that the richest men are the most worth leaders, etc.
It is very obvious to millions all around the world now more than ever, that the mainstream media & elements of our government have for many years used tactics suggested by Hitler to brainwash the public.
For example the people in the USA more than anywhere else routinely hear simple words/ideas/lies over and over, such as: "Support the troops", "they keep us free" & "defend democracy".
Did you know that more than 1 million Iraqi people of all ages & both genders were killed in the US led invasion of Iraq, and over a million more were crippled for life, and that the invasion & occupation were justified (it's not contested) by false information (Lies!)?! And that neither of our political parties have shown any remorse for all that needless suffering/destruction?! They support massive "defense" spending -that is not in fact about defense. It's a pork barrel for tyrants.
Suggest that you read more, and if you can find notable, relevant quotations from people who are delighted with MSM and disgusted with alternative news media, please post them here, instead of deleting relevant quotes and badmouthing other's legit posts, which conflict with yours. There are many quotable, highly respected people all over the world who have commented about the MSM brainwashing the American public. Apparently there are very few if any, thoughtful quotes opposing that view to be found, but if you look - good luck!
Regardless of whether you like it or not, the Truth is setting us free from the false views that are created by lies, and like the rising sun, nobody will be able to stop it.

-) Thank you for all the good work you've done @ WQs

& Best wishes Om777om (talk) 19:06, 26 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your commments: 17:39, 26 December 2018‎ Kalki (talk | contribs)‎ . . (66,795 bytes) -21‎ . . (the attempt to 17:39, 26 December 2018‎ Kalki (talk | contribs)‎ . . (66,795 bytes) -21‎ . . (the attempt to associate Mein Kampf with modern Mainstream Media is clearly a repetitious bit of putrid propaganda) (undo | thank)) (undo | thank)

As I stated earlier, I was actually on my way to leaving here, and do not have time to address all your of your fairly clearly bigoted opinions and contemptible B.S implying that I am in "the camp that thinks permanent war justified with lies is a good thing", other than to say that I do perceive it to be an increasingly bold onslaught of VERY putrid propaganda. I might have time to address some of these outrageous assertions elsewhere, before leaving very soon for about an hour or so, but will certainly attempt to address more of them within the next day or so. ~ Kalki·· 19:20, 26 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Kalki: You've done a great job of making your repulsion of your interpretations of the ideas expressed in some quotes i've posted very clear. Please try & find some quotes from notable people who feel the same as you, and post them -rather than personally attacking & deleting valid quotes/posts. To the good people who have heard nothing but lies on certain topics since kindergarten, the truth does indeed sound stranger than fiction. It can be very upsetting for honest & good people to learn that other honest & good people they've loved & trusted, have believed & repeated lies that have led them to support genocide & a massive number of crimes against humanity. They all deserve some sympathy.
The truth is setting us free from the illusions created by deception. It can't do it's work when swept under the rug. Regardless of whether we like it or not, we Americans today, have much in common with the German's of yesterday. It's time for us to face the truth, to take the bull by the horns as they say, regardless of the discomfort it will cause many. The lights are coming on now & the rats are scurrying - finding it harder & harder to hide. It's a good thing. Everything will turn out ok.  :-) Om777om (talk) 19:49, 26 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]