Monday, January 11, 2016

Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" on sale in Germany for the first time since World War II

What difference does it make?  It is readily available online

A critical edition of Adolf Hitler's autobiography Mein Kampf will hit bookstores in Germany for the first time since World War II as the copyright of the racist political treatise expires.

For 70 years, the southern German state of Bavaria - who was handed the copyright of the book by the Allies in 1945 following Hitler's death - refused to publish the anti-Semitic manifesto out of respect for victim of the Nazis.

But Mein Kampf, which means My Struggle, fell into the public domain on January 1.

Ian Kershaw, a Briton who is a leading biographer of Hitler, joined Friday's book presentation and said it was 'high time for a rigorously academic edition of Mein Kampf' to be made available.

'For years, I have considered the lifting of the ban on publication long overdue,' Kershaw said.

'Censorship is almost always pointless in the long term in a free society, and only contributes to creating a negative myth, making a forbidden text more mysterious and awakening an inevitable fascination with the inaccessible.'

But the Jewish community in Germany criticised the decision to reprint the anti-Semitic book, questioning whether it was necessary to propagate the inflammatory text again.

Charlotte Knobloch, leader of the Jewish community in Munich, said she could not imagine seeing 'Mein Kampf' in shop windows.

Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, told AFP that not only would 'Holocaust survivors be offended by the sale of the anti-Semitic work in bookstores again', but that he also failed to see a need for a critical edition.



Anonymous said...

I really do not know anything about the book, but it is my impression from comments that it is trash.

Anonymous said...

There is a good possibility that once people see it for what it is that it will lose its mystery just like some things that have been censored in the past and are now irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

My father had an English translation perhaps purchased before WWII, and I remember browsing through it as a teenager and found it very dull reading, either because it was or because the literary style seemed that way to a young teenager.

Anonymous said...

Don't like the book - don't buy the book.
I think most people would find it a snore-fest.

Bird of Paradise said...

Hillary wrote her book IT TAKES A VILLAGE about community child care it should have been caled IT TAKES A GOVERMENT and Bill Clintons book should have been named MY LIES and as for Al Gore and his ASSUALT ON REASON its this blabbering nincompoop Gore who assualts reason

Anonymous said...

It is an interesting book. Hitler was an astute social psychologist; he had an honest understanding of strength and fear, and of the nature of emotional influence and manipulation - something most leftist psychs don't get or deny because they use the same methods further refined.