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    Different editions of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf are on display at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich

    'Temptation' to Read Something Prohibited Behind Success of Hitler's Mein Kampf

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    Adolf Hitler's critical edition of Mein Kampf is a huge hit among German readers. Sputnik Germany discussed the issue with the president of the German Union of Philologists Heinz-Jürgen Meidinger.

    "I think this book is a result of much work. I express my respect for all scientists, who have done such a great job," Meidinger told Sputnik Germany.

    As an example, the expert cited new biographical facts and numerous commentaries to the book made by historians.

    "This is not a book that can be 'swallowed' over one night. This version is a scientific work. For every page of Mein Kampf there are several pages of comments," Meidinger said.

    Previously subject to a complete ban in Germany, Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf has sold 85,000 copies since a "critical version" of the semi-autobiographical book was released in January last year.

    The book was published in two volumes and in April reached the top of German magazine Der Spiegel's non-fiction bestseller list.

    Meidinger believes that the reason behind the success of the book lies in the fact that it had been long prohibited in Germany.

    "There is most likely the temptation like "Oh, it is no longer prohibited "and, of course, the fuss surrounding the book before its publication," the expert said, adding that a relatively low price of 49 euros also contributed to its popularity.

    The book was published by the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich (Institut für Zeitgeschichte). It was also included in the curriculum in German schools. The main purpose of the initiative is to show the ideology of Hitler and its drastic consequences. "The focus is made on anti-Semitism which is present on every page of the book," Meidinger said.

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      Of course, this work would never be reprinted without the several more pages of comments, relevant or not. It reminds us, again, not to shoot the messenger who can explain it all.
    • Jonathan Ferguson
      Europeans should be too smart to condone book burnings. Haven't me moved on from the days of Torquemada? Get the books out there, get all the haters out there, use logic and reason to refute them, and a heavy dose of rhetoric and ridicule when you're screamin out for the gravy, and let 'em have it! Hand the fascists their proverbials on a plate! Befriend your evil... Embrace it! There shouldn't have to be a false choice between fascist Nazis and fascist book burners.
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      I'll drink to that. And mine's a Kampf.
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      Marques rouges
      If you really want "hot" readings, go straight to the target, read the Talmud, or the Elders of Zion. Mein Kampf is a boring history book compared to these 2...
    • Adrienne Adonis
      I'm sure the Muslims all have copies of that book since it's filled with anti Semitic remarks .... It's probably their number one book to read. For Muslims Mein- Kamph is like adding gasoline to a fire.
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