The young totalitarian leader of North Korea has given his senior officials some reading material to celebrate his own birthday: copies of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.

The Washington Post reports Kim Jong Un distributed the books not to necessarily endorse Nazism, but rather as studying material to analyze the economic prosperity Germany saw between the two World Wars.

The Post reports that the dictator wants his officials to pick through the book and find things in the texts that made Germany's prosperity work and what was otherwise insignificant.

What fascinated Kim Jong Un is the speed in which Germany rebuilt its economy after World War I and would like to recreate that in North Korea.