My heart was beating fast. I threw off my sweater — suddenly I was feeling very warm. And then I read this line in my student’s essay: “Mein Kampf was my go-to book.
I facilitate the Words Beyond Bars book discussion group, which meets in a cinderblock classroom in Colorado’s largest prison facility. It’s a bi-monthly education class, and the final book we read last semester was In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson. A psychological history of U.S. Ambassador William Dodd’s tenure in the early, developing years of Nazi Germany, it ignited a discussion that ranged from world politics to the end of German cultural enlightenment to Hitler’s early bedazzlement of his nation.