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Thursday, June 29, 2017

HITLER IN HELL by Martin van Creveld

Dr. Martin van Creveld is a military historian who is a major contributor to the literature of war. Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Dr. van Creveld is one of the world’s leading writers on military history and strategy, with a special interest in the future of war. He is fluent in Hebrew, German, Dutch, and English, and has authored more than twenty books, including the influential Technology and War: 2000 BC to the Present (1988), The Transformation of War (1991), and The Culture of War (2010). He is known for his development of the concept of “nontrinitarian” warfare and is deeply respected by military officers and professional strategists around the world. Castalia House is extremely pleased to be able to announce his first novel, HITLER IN HELL.

To no one’s surprise, including his own, Adolf Hitler finds himself in Hell after his self-inflicted death, only to discover that it is considerably different than he had ever imagined. And possibly the worst torment awaiting the notorious dog-lover in the afterlife is his post-mortem discovery that all dogs go to Heaven.

With nothing better to do to pass the time, Hitler reflects upon his life in light of the post-World War II world. He is boastful, unrepentant, and absolutely determined to tell his side of the story, set the record straight, and get even with his enemies—both his contemporaries and those who abused his legend since his demise. In Hell, Adolf Hitler is finally free to tell the true story of the Nazi Party, World War II, and the final solution that eventually came to be known as the Holocaust.

HITLER IN HELL is Martin van Creveld’s first novel.  394 pages. DRM-free. Available on Amazon and at Castalia House.

From the reviews:
  • I started the book being able to keep some distance from it, to keep in mind that it was a novel, but in the end it sucked me in, in a can’t look away from the car wreck fashion. It captured the utterly banal, indeed pedantic nature of socialist evil in a stunning fashion that left me with the utterly distasteful feeling of having read something actually written by Hitler.
  • This book by Martin van Creveld is a remarkable work. He manages to get inside the head of Adolph Hitler and present a picture of what his life and legacy must look like to the man considered by many to be the most evil in history.... Sometimes reading it you actually forget that it was not written by Hitler.
  • As a historian van Creveld has perhaps no living equal so it is no surprise that he gets the details right. Van Creveld's perspective is deep, thoughtful and surprisingly even-handed. His Hitler is still a madman, but he's far more nuanced and subtle in his mania than we're used to seeing.
Interestingly enough, Amazon.de is not listing the book, presumably due to the flaming swastika on the cover.


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72 Comments:

Blogger #7139 June 29, 2017 5:49 AM  

This book sounds like it will be a lot of fun. Great title and cover art, too.

Blogger JACIII June 29, 2017 5:52 AM  

Oooh. Gotta have.

Poor Martin, though. This will initiate the spergapocalypse before anyone has read it.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable June 29, 2017 5:58 AM  

Highly recommended.

Blogger Nerzenjäger June 29, 2017 6:13 AM  

In before the "Hitler did nothing wrong"-comments.

Blogger Fenris Wulf June 29, 2017 6:17 AM  

The cover makes me think of HEROES IN HELL and 80's spy thrillers ... then you look inside and it's a merciless, dispassionate, and utterly original take on a subject that was long thought to be exhausted. This is going to be big.

Blogger MisesMat June 29, 2017 6:20 AM  

HA! This sounds hilarious! I'm assuming this book is satire?

Anonymous Rocklea June 29, 2017 6:22 AM  

"Interestingly enough, Amazon.de is not listing the book, presumably due to the flaming swastika on the cover."
Comes up as the first book in a Hitler in Hell search in Australia on amazon.com.au. Amazon.com, it comes in third after two versions of Trapped in Hitler's hell. Anyway, got the book and thanks for the free epubs, I liked Gravity Kills.

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 6:25 AM  

I'm assuming this book is satire?

Not at all. It has its darkly humorous moments, but it is more of a psychological novel.

Blogger Salt June 29, 2017 6:32 AM  

Literary Hitler?

Anonymous Rocklea June 29, 2017 6:35 AM  

"Interestingly enough, Amazon.de is not listing the book, presumably due to the flaming swastika on the cover."

This level of Holocaust denial, in Germany of all places, should not be tolerated.

Blogger Dave June 29, 2017 7:07 AM  

Bought it on Amazon last night after Vox mentioned it in the Darkstream. Can't wait to see the snowflake's reactions when the cover starts popping up on people's Kindles in places like Starbucks.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 29, 2017 7:23 AM  

@5 Fenris Wulf

You have just given your age away.

I remember that series. It started strong and then drifted quite a bit off course. Kind of like Thieve's World.

I can still remember one line from it.

"The stairs to Hell were a pain," the imp said. "Howard Hughes just finished putting in the elevators. They were late of course but under budget."

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 29, 2017 7:24 AM  

Interestingly enough, Amazon.de is not listing the book, presumably due to the flaming swastika on the cover.

Are swastikas still illegal there?

Blogger Lucas June 29, 2017 7:47 AM  

As bad as a man he was (and he was bad - abortionist, eugenicist, occultist, evolutionist) he is far fron being the "most evil in history". I think Stalin, Mao, Yagoda, Kaganovich and. Pol Pot were "better" at being evil.

Blogger ZhukovG June 29, 2017 7:54 AM  

@Cataline Sergius: As far as I know depictions of Nazi symbols are still illegal in Germany. I guess this is to help people ignore the similarities between the 3rd Reich and the EU.

This book sounds great and I will have to pick it up. I shall also stand by for our Alt-Reich comrades getting their swastika panties in a twist over this.

Though I do wonder if our illustrious author presents the Final Solution and the 3rd Reich's relationship with the Jews as more complex than simply the 'Nazis Bad!' manner that is generally offered.

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 7:54 AM  

I think Stalin, Mao, Yagoda, Kaganovich and. Pol Pot were "better" at being evil.

Do you know who else made that argument? Hitler.

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 7:55 AM  

I shall also stand by for our Alt-Reich comrades getting their swastika panties in a twist over this.

At least one of them already has, although I don't think it's over this per se, but rather, the idea that Italians identify as Italians and not Europeans.

Anonymous Mark June 29, 2017 7:57 AM  

Did the Holocaust really happen? Without the Holocaust, a keystone in the foundation of white guilt and self-hatred evaporates, and there is no need to atone by opening our borders and replacing our people with foreigners. Sure many Jews were killed in camps by typhus and starvation, especially towards the end of the war after allies bombed the supply lines. This is unfortunate, as are all wartime deaths. But did the so-called Holocaust really kill six million in homicidal gas chambers and crematoria? Why is it verboten to discuss the issue or examine the evidence critically? Cui bono?

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 8:14 AM  

Did the Holocaust really happen?

Yes.

But did the so-called Holocaust really kill six million in homicidal gas chambers and crematoria?

No. The number is likely closer to 4 million, at least half of whom were simply shot. But the fact that there was an amount of historical exaggeration does not indicate that the event did not happen at all. We'd have to dismiss about ninety percent of the battles recorded in history by that standard.

Blogger ZhukovG June 29, 2017 8:21 AM  

@VD: Even Italian-Americans whose grandparents were born in the USA still identify as Italian. This is also true for any other significant 19th century immigrant group.

Even in the USA, there is no White Nation.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( Communists murdered +100 Million trying to genocide the Bourgeois. suffering a Marxist to live is a Crime Against Humanity ) June 29, 2017 8:22 AM  

would be funny if Hitler was in Hell because ... he failed in his earthly goals.


14. Lucas June 29, 2017 7:47 AM
were "better" at being evil.



you want to guess Creveld's race? go on, take a stab in the dark.

Blogger Sam June 29, 2017 8:25 AM  

@18
"Without the Holocaust, a keystone in the foundation of white guilt and self-hatred evaporates"

You are assuming there is an intellectual edifice behind this instead of just grabbing the most convenient buzzword to bludgeon others. After all, Slavs are white and Hitler intended to enslave them; not exactly clear why they should feel guilty about anything.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( Communists murdered +100 Million trying to genocide the Bourgeois. suffering a Marxist to live is a Crime Against Humanity ) June 29, 2017 8:29 AM  

22. Sam June 29, 2017 8:25 AM
After all, Slavs are white and Hitler intended to enslave them; not exactly clear why they should feel guilty about anything.



and none of the nordic nations were involved in colonizing Africa ... yet they're being forced to take the lions share of immigrants.

Blogger oboki owo June 29, 2017 8:29 AM  

Pls can I get it too?

Anonymous Mark June 29, 2017 8:37 AM  

So the six-million number and gas-chamber stories are exaggerated. Why are there laws and social stigmas that prevent the critical examination of this issue? Who benefits? Should we in the AltRight not question the claims of the Holocaust story?

Blogger Ben Cohen June 29, 2017 8:39 AM  

Vox, have you watched any Jordan Peterson videos? What do you think?

Blogger Ben Cohen June 29, 2017 8:43 AM  

How many Armenians did the Turks kill? Unfortunately, killing others has been the story of mankind, which is why the altright philosophy is righ

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 8:44 AM  

Vox, have you watched any Jordan Peterson videos? What do you think?

I don't watch videos. I read books.

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 8:46 AM  

Should we in the AltRight not question the claims of the Holocaust story?

No. It's a waste of time. No one gives a damn anymore. It was over more than 70 years ago. You might as reasonably quibble over whether 50 million or 100 million Chinese died in the Great Leap Forward.

No one cares about that either, and 6 million is less than the rounding error.

Blogger Ben Cohen June 29, 2017 8:50 AM  

Mention to a communist how many tens of millions communists killed and you'll get a shrug. These are the people running academia. Let that sink in. Sad!

Anonymous Roundtine June 29, 2017 8:51 AM  

@Zhukov: That's because Italians are non-white and non-whites are allowed a separate identity.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 29, 2017 8:51 AM  

The Holocaust, what is addressed by the 1948 Convention on Genocide shows the basic framework of what happened to Hitler's victims.

Anonymous Joe Blowe June 29, 2017 8:59 AM  

VD wrote:I think Stalin, Mao, Yagoda, Kaganovich and. Pol Pot were "better" at being evil.

Do you know who else made that argument? Hitler.


That is just about the laziest ad hominem "argument" one can make. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Blogger Ben Cohen June 29, 2017 9:00 AM  

How is calling someone a Nazi so effective but people take pride in being called communists? Never got that.

Anonymous JAMES June 29, 2017 9:02 AM  

I'm 30 years old.

Aside from jews, neo nazis and leftist signallers I've never met anyone my age or younger who cared one way or the other about the holocaust.

I mean seriously it was before my grandfather's time, and I live in Australia.

People who rant about it in any fashion are curiosities, not serious people.

Anonymous Takin' a Look June 29, 2017 9:07 AM  

The actual number of camp dead is speculation, it's been touted as low as 300,000 to as high as 20 million.

Did jews lie? Of course, they're jews it's in their blood. They made up half the Nuremberg commission, had lots of cousins on the Russian side send doctored photos of gulag victims to bolster sympathy. They also tossed in 5 million dead goyim on top of the 6 million dead jews to make it seem Hitler wasn't just slaughtering subhuman Talmudics, Communists (but I repeat myself) and other defectives infesting his people.

Hitler had every right to be an Eugenicist, just like modern Israel sterilizes it's welfare dependant criminal underclass. And he had every right to explore all aspect of the Creation, including the occult to figure out what exactly is reality. From what I understand, most of it was found to be worthless smoke and mirrors.

I wonder, will Creveld be honest and discuss the 1919 Bavaria communist revolt that tore Germany apart and resulted in 2 million dead? Or who were the main purveyors of the filth and degeneration and financial destruction that was the Weimar Republic?

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( Communists murdered +100 Million trying to genocide the Bourgeois. suffering a Marxist to live is a Crime Against Humanity ) June 29, 2017 9:09 AM  

25. Mark June 29, 2017 8:37 AM
Who benefits?


if you actually need this explained, i don't see how you can be tall enough for this ride.


29. VD June 29, 2017 8:46 AM
No one cares about that either, and 6 million is less than the rounding error.



exactly. let the Jews have as large a number as they want.

they still can't explain why it's okey-dokey for Marxists to murder people by the job lot but Hitler ( who was doing bespoke one-offs in comparison ) is the WORST THING EVER.

and Jews are oh so overwhelmingly Marxist.

try playing 'find the goy' with the authors in this book:
https://infogalactic.com/info/Red_diaper_baby
Among the 40 authors are such well known figures as journalist Carl Bernstein, feminist writer Kim Chernin, scientist Richard Levins, and author/activist Robert Meeropol (son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg).


further, the Nazi stuff was all over 70 years ago. you're going to spend all your time trying to convince people that *new* information refutes the dominate narrative of 6 meelions?

it's not that there is no value in critically examining the claims, it's that there are more high value targets a lot closer to hand we need to take care of.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 29, 2017 9:22 AM  

Do our moral superiors the glorious people of color care about the Holocaust?

Active Holocaust denial mostly just drags a person into the morality play and frankly today that is a total clown shit show of fraud.

Here is my fantasy bet, would more white goyim show up for a Holocaust guilt induction ceremony or a Waffen SS re-enactment with cool guns?

Anonymous JAMES June 29, 2017 9:24 AM  

Do you think the monomaniacs who can't stop themselves ranting about Jews realise how boring they are?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 29, 2017 9:26 AM  

You know who doesn't hate, hate, hate Hitler enough? Bill Belechik coach of the Pats, world's best football team with the greatest QB of all time Tom Brady. He narrated a D-day documentary (his father was there) and Hitler maybe got 20 seconds of a whole hour documentary and the German dead were respectfully treated. What the Fuck, heresy I say.

Blogger rondolf June 29, 2017 9:27 AM  

"That is just about the laziest ad hominem "argument" one can make. You should be ashamed of yourself."
It was closer to being the funniest ad hominem argument he could have made. Why don't you lighten up, Francis.

Anonymous Takin' a Look June 29, 2017 9:28 AM  

Do you think the monomaniacs who can't stop ranting about Hitler realise how boring they are?

Blogger William Meisheid June 29, 2017 9:37 AM  

Sorta sounds like C.S. Lewis' the Great Divorce or Screwtape Letters. I will have to check this one out. Lewis said writing the Screwtape Letters was the hardest thing he ever did and he had to cleanse himself regularly of the taint of hell. Did Martin have a similar problem?

Blogger wreckage June 29, 2017 9:42 AM  

@9, no.
Literary Hitler.

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 9:45 AM  

All right, that's enough Holocaust wankery. This is a post about the novel by Martin van Creveld. If you can't stick to the topic, don't comment.

Blogger Solaire Of Astora June 29, 2017 9:49 AM  

Bought it yesterday and started reading it. I'm not far but my first impression is that it is written from Hitler's perspective with the intention of giving the reader a hysteria free honest look at his history. I haven't gotten very far so I don't know where it ends up going but I can practically taste the disdain for people who let collective ignorance and emotion tell them how to think and act.

Blogger wreckage June 29, 2017 9:49 AM  

I don't know that I have the emotional or intellectual stones for this book this week, but you weren't lying when you said Creveld's first work of fiction was going to be incendiary.

The cover is perfect, by the way.

Blogger Raziel Walker June 29, 2017 10:17 AM  

Looks like an interesting read and as I enjoyed Martin's book on the history of strategy I am pretty likely to get this one too.

Blogger Jordan179 June 29, 2017 11:18 AM  

Yes. Just not Naziism -- if you call it "AntiFa" or "Islam."

Blogger Bodo Staron June 29, 2017 11:22 AM  

Update about the German Amazon issue: If I use the direct link to Amazon, I am transferred to the books page and can see it. However, on the right hand side it says:

"This title is not currently available for purchase"

Anonymous andon June 29, 2017 11:31 AM  

Vox, have you watched any Jordan Peterson videos? What do you think?

i think it was Roosh who said that Jordan Peterson is making a ton of $$$$ on Patreon. looks like its up to $49k per month now.

https://www.patreon.com/jordanbpeterson

wonder if thats legit

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 11:32 AM  

Spammed, gentlemen. I warned you.

Blogger Jordan179 June 29, 2017 11:38 AM  

Yes. Just not Naziism -- if you call it "AntiFa" or "Islam."

Blogger Daniel H June 29, 2017 11:42 AM  

LOL. Bunch of comments just deleted.

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 11:45 AM  

Some were deleted, some were spammed. I do not, and will never, permit attacks on a Castalia House author on my blog.* That has always been my policy here.

And I don't give a quantum of a damn what anyone might think about that.


*Unless a Castalia House author is attacking you here. Then he is fair game.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr June 29, 2017 11:48 AM  

Read it, thought it was pretty good as an introduction to the rise of Hitler. Think of it as Shirer's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" on a massive diet.

Having said that, I question the orthodox take on Hitler's anti-Semitism. I believe Hitler starts as an anti-Communist...and concludes that Communism is a Jewish conspiracy. But given the chance to shoot either a commissar or a rabbi, Hitler would unhesitatingly kill the former.

Blogger S1AL June 29, 2017 12:18 PM  

Why do I feel like half the purpose of this post is to smoke out trolls?

I'll be buying this when home and leaving a review on Amazon. Should be a lovely combination of hilarious and horrifying.

Blogger Ingot9455 June 29, 2017 12:23 PM  

Must buy for me. If only to see if Hitler meets up with Stalin and Mao in hell to pay off on their famous bet.

Blogger Joseph Gore Jr. June 29, 2017 12:34 PM  

I think Martin Van Creveld is a brilliant military historian and certainly Castalia House if fortunate to have such an author. "Fighting Power" and "The Transformation of War" were ground breaking.

Blogger Hans Maulwurf June 29, 2017 1:07 PM  

"This title is not currently available for purchase"

Amazon nuked the book it seems.

Blogger VD June 29, 2017 1:13 PM  

Amazon nuked the book it seems.

Just Amazon.de. It's on Amazon.com, Amazon.it, and Amazon.co.uk.

Anonymous CC June 29, 2017 1:35 PM  

No. It's a waste of time. No one gives a damn anymore.

State did nothing to save Jews, says Shatter

Opening a conference to mark the centenary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved more than 50,000 Hungarian Jews from the death camps, the Minister said there were many who did nothing in the face of the industrialised genocide and destruction of European Jewish civilisation.

“Indeed the Irish government of the day sat on its hands. And even after the death camps were liberated, the Irish government denied Jews refuge in Ireland. To those who asked ‘What could I have done?’, the answer must be, ‘Look at what Raoul Wallenberg did’.”

---

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/questions-remain-over-alan-shatter-s-departure-from-office-1.2862988

Major reforms were also introduced into Ireland’s citizenship laws and a new citizenship ceremony was created. During his time as minister, 69,000 foreign nationals became Irish citizens.

Anonymous CC June 29, 2017 1:36 PM  

Apologies, I didn't include the link to the previous article

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/state-did-nothing-to-save-jews-says-shatter-1.529216

Blogger Rez Zircon June 29, 2017 2:20 PM  

I thought the cover exceedingly clever... the sort you stare at for a while, then feel compelled to pick it up and see what in the world it's about... and then you learn that it's a perfect fit for the contents. That's doing the cover's JOB.

So far I've just skimmed the Amazon sample, but it looks very well written.

BTW someone mentioned Jordan Peterson -- he has an interesting take on Hitler as (in a nutshell) having an exaggerated disgust reflex. He speaks about it at length during his chat with the Honey Badgers. And yes, that monster Patreon is legit, and well-earned.

Anonymous Dedicating Ruckus June 29, 2017 2:25 PM  

I can now file "the ghost of Hitler badmouthing Sigmund Freud" under "things I didn't know I needed".

Blogger VFM #7634 June 29, 2017 3:30 PM  

That's because Italians are non-white and non-whites are allowed a separate identity.

I've always thought it weird that the Census won't count them as "Latino".

Anonymous andon June 29, 2017 6:52 PM  

Indeed the Irish government of the day sat on its hands. And even after the death camps were liberated, the Irish government denied Jews refuge in Ireland.

hmm, what does that say about jews?

sounds like your reputation precedes you

Blogger papabear June 29, 2017 7:07 PM  

From his post on Kriegs Kultur, it seems like van Creveld really respects the German war machine and Kriegs Kultur and wishes it hadn't been tarnished by being used by Hitler.

Blogger wreckage June 30, 2017 4:00 AM  

For van Creveld: an Amish knot-rug made entirely out of Swastika panties.

Anonymous I wrote the Magna Carta June 30, 2017 4:54 AM  

The cover reminds me of Black Sabbath's last album "13"

Blogger CM June 30, 2017 10:06 AM  

Its like screwtape... with Hitler.

Anonymous Anonymous July 05, 2017 10:47 AM  

Must buy for me. If only to see if Hitler meets up with Stalin and Mao in hell to pay off on their famous bet'

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