APRIL 1, 1924, I entered upon my prison term in the fortress
of Landsberg am Lech, as sentenced by the People's Court in
Munich on that day.
after years of uninterrupted work, an opportunity was for the
first time offered me to embark upon a task which many had demanded
and which I myself felt to be worth while for the movement.
I decided to set forth, in two volumes, the aims of our movement,
and also to draw a picture of its development. From this it
will be possible to learn more than from any purely doctrinaire
the same time I have had occasion to give an account of my own
development, in so far as this is necessary for the understanding
of the first as well as the second volume, and in so far as
it may serve to destroy the foul legends about my person dished
up in the Jewish press.
do not address this work to strangers, but to those adherents
of the movement who belong to it with their hearts, and whose
intelligence is eager for a more penetrating enlightenment.
I know that men are won over less by the written than by the
spoken word, that every great movement on this earth owes it
growth to great orators and not to great writers.
for a doctrine to be disseminated uniformly and coherently,
its basic elements must be set down for all time. To this end
I wish to contribute these two volumes as foundation stones
in our common edifice.