Now that Hitler had total power, there was nothing to stop him pursuing one of his main aims: persecuting the Jews. Indeed, he had made no secret of his anti-Semitism. In 1924 he had dictated the first volume of his autobiography, Mein Kampf – My Struggle – to one of his slavish followers, Rudolf Hess.
Hitler published the first volume of Mein Kampf in 1925, and a second volume came in 1926. After he had seized power in 1933, the book became a bestseller. In the book, Hitler gave clear warning of his murderous plans for the Jews.
In one passage he wrote, “… the nationalization of our masses will succeed only when, aside from all the positive struggle for the soul of our people, their international poisoners are exterminated.” And Hitler referred to the Jews a little later, leaving little doubt as to who these “international poisoners” were.