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In Germany, attitudes toward ‘Mein Kampf’ slowly changing

In Germany, attitudes toward ‘Mein Kampf’ slowly changing



By Michael Birnbaum, Published: January 27








Berlin — The city that was the center of Adolf Hitler’s empire is
littered with reminders of the Nazi past, from the bullet holes that
pit the fronts of many buildings to the hulking Luftwaffe headquarters
that now house the Finance Ministry.
What it doesn’t have, nor has it since 1945, are copies of
Hitler’s autobiography and political manifesto, “Mein Kampf,” in its
bookstores. The latest attempt to publish excerpts fizzled this week
after the Bavarian government challenged it in court, although an
expurgated copy appeared at newspaper kiosks around the country.









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But in Germany — where keeping a tight lid on Hitler’s writings
has become a rich tradition in itself — attitudes toward his book are
slowly changing, and fewer people are objecting to its becoming more
widely available.No law bans “Mein Kampf” in Germany, but the
government of Bavaria, where Hitler officially resided at the time of
his 1945 suicide, holds the copyright and guards it ferociously.
German-language copies that were printed before 1945 are legal, although
they command a premium price, and the book is available in translation
elsewhere in the world. But the question of whether to publish it
in the country where Hitler plotted his empire has lost some of its
edge in the Google era, when a complete German-language copy of the book
pops up as the second result on the local version of the search engine.“To
say this is a very dangerous book, we must ban it, this is ridiculous,”
said Wolfgang Wippermann, a professor of modern history at the Free
University of Berlin. “Maybe it was necessary once, but now it’s over,
it makes no sense. You can find it so easily.”The publisher of
the excerpts, London-based Albertus, has said it will appeal the
Bavarian government’s injunction. In 2009, the publisher beat charges of
copyright violation and the illegal use of Nazi symbols after the
Bavarian government seized reprinted copies of the Nazi Party’s in-house
newspaper.The attempt to publish portions of “Mein Kampf” on
Thursday was scuttled at the last moment, although the publisher, ready
to capitalize on the publicity, had printed two versions of the
pamphlet. The version propped on top of a heap of celebrity magazines at
a newsstand in Berlin’s central Friedrichstrasse station was a slender,
blue, 16-page leaflet that has historical commentary in one column and
an image of blurred text stamped with “Unreadable” in the other,
accompanied by two reproductions of Nazi-era newspapers.“Mein
Kampf” “is an awful book, and the whole thinking is absolutely not ours,
but we have another view on it regarding the idea of packing it away.
This idea is just naive,” said Alexander Luckow, a spokesman for the
publisher. “In a free country, you need to discuss these very bad parts
of German history.”Still, he said, there are limits, and using
Hitler’s words as inspiration, not as historical artifact, is where it
crosses the line.“The danger is allowing right-wing people to
sell it in bookshops with their modern commentary,” he said. “This is
forbidden and it’s good . . . not only in Germany, this should be equal
in other countries in Europe. Anti-Semitism is not confined to Germany.
You look and it’s all around Europe, dating back to the Middle Ages.”The
debate will soon be over, whether or not the latest excerpts make it to
newsstands. German law extends copyright 70 years after the author’s
death; after 2015, “Mein Kampf” will be fair game. Some in Bavaria’s
government worry that neo-Nazis will publish their own version of the
book shortly thereafter, and to counter that, they are encouraging a scholarly edition. A group of historians is preparing it.Germany’s
Jewish organizations have approached the publication with mixed
emotions, sensitive that their country still has problems with neo-Nazis
and anti-Semitism. The German government released a study this week
that found that one in five Germans has anti-Semitic attitudes. And a
neo-Nazi ring that has been linked to at least nine killings before it
was shut down in November shocked Germans who thought they had done a
thorough job working through their past.“I do very well without any publishing of ‘Mein Kampf,’ ” said Dieter Graumann, the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
“In a few years, it will be free, and I have every trust in the
democratic maturity of the German people. . . . But for the moment, I am
glad it is not.”


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  • I love the idea that this book is considered SOOOOOOO dangerous yet books like the bible and quran are printed en masse.

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    • @GiygasFetus That's because in the Bible, god only managed to kill about 12 million people. World War 2 beat his high score with 70 million or so.

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    • @hellgremlin I don't know how you came up with that number. God is responsible for everything. By your math he's killed at least 84 million people. What a sick fuck.

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  • its a fucking book calm down people, i do not think peoples views will change for the worst if they read this book. it is part of history and it will stay as such.

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  • Is this a satire?

    You won't find ANY building in Berlin with bullet holes, seriously are your parents siblings?

    And it's a British publisher trying to print the first five chapters of this book. It was bestseller in Turkey until recently and promoted by Virgin in Qatar.

    Don't tell this crap, it's probably not the Germans but the many many muslims in Berlin who like this book ..

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  • who cares? mein kampf is a not good enough to be used as toilet paper. hitler had no writing talent

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  • I remember seeing a copy in my grandparents attic, along with a book from Goebbel, some NSDAP pins, 1940s magazines and an old radio. Like a time capsule. Never read it though.

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    • @MB-UK I bet you've never read either of them have you.

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    • @MB-UK Ah, so ignorance is bliss you mean? You'll never get far in wisdom with that mindset because reality will get you one day, if not in this life, after with judgement.

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    • @MB-UK If you refuse to read their own words, how can you be so ultra naïve to just blindly accept someone else's opinions about them on face value? Do some research from the direct source. Read them, then you might start to grasp what they really think and why, instead of hiding being the skirts of others and their manipulative rhetoric. Be a man and do your own thinking!

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  • A bad read, but it lets you get into Mr. Adolf's mind, beats me how the German people who read it did not know his intentions, it was the best selling book of its time too.

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  • One only has to look at who was behind communism and its 140 million victims and you can see why Mr Hitler was no fan of a certain group:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zjnycald24

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    • @wakeupnow

      You just wrote that the fire bombings and murders happened during the 1930s and 40s, yet Mein Kampf was written in the 20s...

      Something doesn't add up in your theory.

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    • @Valerie2007 How so? Jews took power in Russia in 1917, and also tried before in the 1905 Peasants' Revolution. Jewish Marxism was spreading over Europe from Russia, and Jewish terrorists and Marxist radicals were very active in Germany, which lead to them being hated, as well as their corrupt actions in the banks, media, theatres, striking unions (fronts for Marxist radicals), and control of the newspapers and magazines and general corrupting and debasing of society.

      The Jews' terrorist activ More..

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    • @wakeupnow So if it's so "carefully hidden" how come you know of it then? Guess not. Of course Jews aren't innocent and there are even movies depicting it and books and documents. But yet, all Jews get demonized due to some corrupt groups. Not only that but I'd like to see where you're getting your "Jews attacking all" info from. And you're talking as if this justified Hitler's psychotic actions. Honestly, you're the only smart one in the world for knowing this, huh? Please d More..

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    • @Valerie2007 I just found this link. Please watch it, and let me know if you agree with it (free speech).
      Holocaust, Hate Speech & Were the Germans so Stupid? (Anthony Lawson)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh_wrJ7sjYI&skipcontrinter=1

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    • @EthanJuskas You said: "So if it's so 'carefully hidden' how come you know of it then?"

      I care to research and read what I please, whereas most people are just entranced in their everyday life and pay little attention to researching any historical events or even trying to get to know anything other than what they are fed by the media, a very Jewish media indeed.

      You then said: "all Jews get demonized due to some corrupt groups."

      Hardly, most people won't say a peep to Jews More..

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  • Mein Kampf is fiction...

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  • Ramblings of a delusional madman

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  • I whould really like to read the book, it´s about Hitlers future vision of the world if the Nazis took over, whould be interesting to know what he was thinking.

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  • Once a Nazi, always a Nazi. Dummkopfs

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