Friday, July 27, 2007

Mein Brouhaha?

There is a movement afoot in Germany to republish Mein Kampf as a historical text. Written by Adolf Hitler while he was in prison for his role in the Beer-Hall Putsch and published to much acclaim in 1925, the book has been out of print there since 1945. In order to buy the book in Germany today the buyer must present academic credentials.

Or else buy it online.

That's all expected to change in 2015, when the current copyright holder (the German state of Bavaria) loses control over that copyright. Jewish groups in Germany, however, are concerned its publication might offend Holocaust survivors.

The book is currently in print around the world and is offered for sale in, among other places, Israel.

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Seumas Gagne said...

At some point, the Nazis will have to become historial figures, no matter how horrendous their actions were. I had a friend who was Jewish and wanted to buy a VW Bug - no dice said her Father. No dollar of his was going to Germany.

I wonder where the right spot is between the two thoughts?