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Adolf Hitler was found guilty of taking part in the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923 he sentenced to five years in prison Hitler was sent to Landsberg Castle in Munich to serve his prison sentence He was treated well and was allowed to walk in the castle grounds wear his own clothes and receive gifts Officially there were restrictions on visitors but this did not apply to Hitler and a steady flow of friends party members and journalists spent long spells with him While in Landsberg History read a lot of books Most of these dealt with German history and political philosophy Later he was to describe his spell in prison as a free education at the states expense One writer who influenced Hitler while in prison was Henry Ford the American car-manufacturer Hitler read Fords autobiography My Life and Work and a book of his called The International Jew In the latter Ford claimed that there was a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world Hitler also approved of Fords hostile views towards communism and trade unions Max Amnan his business manager proposed that Hitler should spend his time in prison writing his autobiography Hitler who had never fully mastered writing was at first not keen on the idea However he agreed when it was suggested that he should dictate his thoughts to a ghostwriter The prison authorities surprisingly agreed that Hitlers chauffeur Emile Maurice could live in the prison to carry out this task Maurice whose main talent was as a street fighter was a poor writer and the job was eventually taken over by Rudolf Hess a student at Munich University Hess made a valiant attempt at turning Hitlers spoken ideas into prose However the book that Hitler wrote in prison was repetitive confused turgid and therefore extremely difficult to read In his writing Hitler was unable to use the passionate voice and dramatic bodily gestures which he had used so effectively
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