DISGRACEFUL SIGN OF THE TIMES: Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ is now a best-seller in Germany
By Shoshana Miskin, Benny Tocker
A new edition of the Nazi dictator’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” hit German bookshelves recently, amid considerable controversy – and it is now a best-seller in the country.
A week after the Institute for Contemporary History published the annotated version of the book, all copies sold out.
Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Director General of the Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, suggests to check the identity of the buyers, “I’m a little surprised with the high demand for the book, in terms of language and style it is difficult to read, so I would not be surprised if most people who bought the book will not even read it. Most people may just be curious to buy a book that was prohibited from the market for years.”
Indeed, the manifesto filled with Hitler’s anti-Semitic rants, was not allowed to be distributed for the past 70 years. After World War II, the government of Bavaria, which owned the copyright, forbade its publication.
“Now that the copyright to the book expired, there is no one forbidding the distribution of the book,” said Dr. Zuroff noting that the current publication of the infamous book is a scholarly edition and contains “detailed explanations and historical background.”
“Over the years, those who really wanted to read the book could find a copy despite the ban, the book has even
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