The kids have been given a list of books to read over the summer and write an essay for school credit.
Mein Kampf is one of the books.
I've not read it, and am therefore, asking what others who have read it, think about it.
My nephew is a teenager, who is a huge WWII fan. Every year I give him Christmas presents based on a theme he was interested in that year. One year he was all about building stuff, and I got him a real tool set, drill, etc. One year he was always helping in the kitchen, so I got him cooking lessons, oven mitts, his own kitchen implements, etc. This year he's in High School and all about WWII. So, I got him an old Russian helmet, some WWII medals, books, movies, etc.
Now, he's asking that I buy him Mein Kampf so he can read it.
I love this kid, and am always worried that society doesn't warp his mind. I don't want him to be overly politically correct, nor do I want him to be racist, biggot, etc.
I want him to "know" things, but, I fear that in the knowing he doesn't get overly negatively influenced.
I know I worry too much, but, those who have kids in their families will agree, that whomever the kid hangs out with, has a great influence on them. You will see the "friend" reflected in the child - their mannerisms, beliefs, opinions, etc.
Teens are very easily molded and influenced, even if they think they are not.
Therefore, is it beneficial to read Mein Kampf, to realize the level of hatred that did and does exist in the world, and to see that inaction leads to horrible actions.
Or, is it detrimental, so the kid doesn't read about all the hatred, prejudice, etc. and start to agree with it?
Again, I've not read it, and don't know to what degree it might influence the reader.
Anyone read it and have an opinion on it?
(If I do buy it for him, I will be sure to read it first, so, he and I can discuss it.)