MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow’s main court has banned as extremist a semi-autobiographical book by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, Russian prosecutors said Wednesday.
The Moscow City Court said analysis by psychologists and linguists revealed that “Michael,” a novel authored by Goebbels in the late 1920s, “explains and justifies the ideology of Nazism and the national and racial superiority of some individuals over others.”
The court ruled that the book presented “a distorted opinion of other religions, nationalities and social groups, contains obscene language and incites animosity and hatred between people on the basis of nationality.”
The ruling came in response to an appeal filed by the Algoritm publishing house against a district court ruling in October.
The publishing house argued that the book was fictional and has cultural and historic value.