The Sequel To Mein Kampf No One Has Ever Heard Of

History buffs and non-buffs alike know that Adolph Hitler wrote a book called "Mein Kampf." But not many people know that he wrote a second book three years after his infamous manifesto, per The Guardian. The book was never published — at least not in Hitler's lifetime — and one has to wonder if perhaps the infamous dictator was waiting for a good time to release it.

The text was actually not even discovered until 1958, 13 years after Hitler killed himself. It was discovered as captured German documents were being examined in America. By 1961, it was published in both the German and English languages. So why would Hitler wait to publish his second book, which he never really gave a title to? Likely because while "Mein Kampf" was an autobiography — and some argue, not a very truthful one — his second book outlined his approach to society and war. In other words, how the Nazi Party would govern after its hypothetical victory in World War II. 

Adolph Hitler's second book

In 1928, Nazi Party candidates had a poor showing in elections (via HistoryNet). This scared Adolph Hitler, so he sought to record his thoughts as a way to convince Germans that the Nazi Party was the party of Germany. It was in this mindset that Hitler recorded his belief in Germany acquiring "lebensraum" — necessary living space for development — by conquering surrounding countries. Due to the penalties imposed on Germany after World War I, the country was a laughingstock at the time of Hitler's ascendancy to power. Thus, Hitler sought to transform this image by taking on the key military powers of Europe — Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and France. 

In this work, Hitler also stated his desire to seek an alliance with Italy — a nation he knew also had desires to expand — to help in his military plans. Once the European powers had been defeated, the German and Italian militaries could combine to fight the United States, which Hitler believed would be aroused to fight by the time — in Hitler's mind — that he had conquered the key powers of Europe. 

Once Hitler came to power as the German chancellor, publishing such a work was not really necessary. But had Hitler been successful in his attempted world conquest, perhaps he would have published his second text.