Joseph Goebbels received a doctorate in literature from the University of Heidelberg in 1921. For the next two years he lived at home, writing plays, poems, articles and fiction. He sent his work to publishers and editors but everything was rejected.
In 1923 at the age of 26, Goebbels wrote “Michael”, a semi-autobiographical novel about his experiences in Germany following World War I.
The book is written in diary form and follows the life of Michael, a fictional character who represents a young Joseph Goebbels.
At the beginning of the story, Michael returns from the Great War and is disgusted by Weimar Germany. Throughout the novel, he examines the meaning of life and seeks a way to liberate the German people.
His is influenced by his experiences with seveal other chracters including Richard Flisges, Hetha Holk, Agnes Stahl, Gustavus Adolphus, Matthias Grützer, and Ivan Wienurowsky.
Throughout the story, Goebbels presents and explains his personal beliefs. He analyzes the political differences between German Socialism and Russian Marxism. He examines the cultural differences between men and women, including their roles in society. He also shares his Catholic faith in God and admiration of Jesus Christ.
However, the most remarkable aspect of this book is the accuracy of Goebbels predictions. Despite the poor conditions throughout his country, he saw the coming German Reich and believed in it. He was aware that he belonged to a small radical group, but had faith in the spiritual power of his ideas.
This novel was originally rejected by publishers throughout Germany. Six years later though, Goebbels had become a famous politician and the book was finally published. It went through seventeen printings and inspired Germans throughout the Reich.
Until now, the only English version of this novel was translated by Joachim Neugroschel, a homosexual Jewish man.
Therefore, Jett and Jahn Media obviously questioned the accuracy of his work and decided to translate this novel for ourselves. We hope that you enjoy this story and are inspired by the words of Joseph Goebbels, one of the greatest men who ever lived.