Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thirst for Historical Knowledge

My youngest daughter has a thirst for historical knowledge like no other 16 year old I've ever met. She must have inherited this gene from her dad, because despite the random knowledge crowding my brain, I've never had an intense desire for history.

Last night she came home from a shopping trip to Lexington with a friend and she literally bounced through the front door.

"You'll never believe what book I found!" Well, of course, I could have guessed all night because her wish list of books is probably twice as long as mine.

"I found "Mein Kampf" - can you believe it?" For those of you who don't know, "Mein Kampf" is a book dictated by Adolf Hitler. The title translates to "my struggle" and it is an autobiography of Hitler's political ideology. She has been wanting this book for over a year now.

"You don't think I'm a Nazi, do you?" I had to laugh because she was so serious.

"No, I don't think you're a Nazi. I know you just want to learn more. What did ******'s mom say when you bought it?"

"Oh, I told her I wasn't a Nazi, but she did look at me funny."

My daughter, she is truly a unique individual.


Natalie said...

Yeah i have always wanted to read that book. Our library at home it was always "checked out"

mrsb said...

My 10 year old daughter is reading The Diary of Anne Frank for fun. Well, not for fun, but just to read it.

It's good to know that there are still kids (besides my 1 out of 3) that still read because they thirst to learn.

nimrod said...

My suggestion is your daughter also read definitive works by noted authors on the Holocaust....maybe that will give an understanding of the evil & sickness of Adolf Hitler, and how he influenced the German people to enslave, kill and incinerate innocent millions for no reason other than his own crazy view of the world. The German people were so naive under his influence.......