Tuesday, May 8, 2012

SAY WHAT?! Mein Kampf Is Being Republished in Germany!

By letting the decades-old ban lapse, democratic Germany is further defanging a once dangerous book.

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Hitler's autobiography and other Nazi writings seized in part of a 1960 West Berlin police raid AP
It was widely noted during the contretemps over the novelist Gunter Grass's recent effusions about Israel being a threat to world peace that a divide emerged in Germany. On the one side were the intellectual and political elites that condemned his comments. On the other side was the public, which tended to sympathize with Grass and complain about a "cudgel" being wielded to silence debate about the German past.
Now, Germany is taking a new step toward what is often called "normalization." The state of Bavaria has announced that in 2015 it will publish Hitler's Mein Kampf, which first appeared in 1925. A second volume was issued in 1926. The book was written in Landsberg prison, where Hitler was incarcerated after his failed putsch in 1923.


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