EDINBURGH, Scotland (Christian Examiner) – A professor at the prestigious Aberdeen University has concluded that an early biography or Adolf Hitler is, in fact, an autobiography – an act of "shameless, but clever" self-promotion to increase his visibility before assuming power in the early 1930s.
According to historian Thomas Weber, Adolf Hitler: Sein Leben und seine Reden or Adolf Hitler: His Life and Speeches, was said to be authored by Victor von Koerber, a German war hero from World War I and a well-respected aristocrat.
But Koerber's papers, now located at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, tell a different story.
The Times of Israel reports that the wife of Von Koerber's publisher reportedly acknowledges in the papers that he only fronted the book and did not have a hand in writing it, a book Hitler reportedly believed could serve as the "new Bible of his day."
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"The book, which also includes a collection of Hitler's speeches, makes some outlandish claims arguing that it should become 'the new Bible of today' and uses terms such as 'holy' and 'deliverance', comparing Hitler to Jesus and likening his moment of politicization to Jesus' resurrection," Weber said.
"To find it was actually written by Hitler himself ... demonstrates that he was a conniving political operator with a masterful understanding of political processes and narratives long before he drafted what is regarded as his first autobiography, Mein Kampf."
Another statement from a concentration camp prisoner who knew Koerber's authorship was a cover is also admitted as evidence. Koerber also claimed the book was written "on the initiative and with the participation of Adolf Hitler."
In addition to external accounts that cast doubt on the authorship of the biography, the paper said the convoluted grammar and long-winded sentence structure in the book and Hitler's Mein Kampf are virtually identical. The book also contains strikingly similar accounts of Hitler's political awakening, in which he saw himself as the German messiah and the Jews as enemies of the state.