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I THE country of faith before everything OF THE HELLENISTIC AGE
II THE lifetime of EPICURUS
IV the faith OF EPICURUS

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In ravines dug out by naked hands, barbed wire coiled above where there had once been the branches of trees, in this place and then in prison, Hitler claimed he discovered philosophy. 82 On the topic of the purity of the Germanic language, he referred to ‘his beloved’ Schopenhauer: ‘Only writers of genius can have the right to modify the language. ’83 However, Hitler would eventually become irritated by the contemplative side of philosophers, and complaining about his ‘fatherly friend’ Dietrich Eckart he stated: ‘Schopenhauer has done Eckart no good.

Sentenced and convicted of high treason for radical political actions in the name of National Socialism, in the spring of 1924 he found himself incarcerated inside Landsberg Fortress, a penal facility in Landsberg am Lech in the south-­west of the German state of Bavaria. From the outside, Landsberg was typically Bavarian, soft brown-­ brick walls were framed by curved turrets with opal-­coloured domes. The three storeys visible from the exterior communicated with the world by way of windows leaded with diagonal criss-­crossings.

74 Hegel’s historical view of the formation of the state from ancient origins was, in garbled form, a favourite theme of Hitler’s and would often reappear in his orations: For the States of the Ancient world were not ruined by their cities.  . The Roman Empire did not fall on account of the city of Rome, for without the city of Rome there never would have been a Roman Empire.  . 79 Years earlier in the mud-­soaked trenches at the Western Front, when Hitler had been serving in France and Belgium during the First World War, he boasted ‘I carried Schopenhauer’s works with me throughout the whole of the First World War.

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