Adolf Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf, is infamous for many reasons, but now for the first time in 75 years it will be republished in Germany. Jewish groups are already warning that giving new voice to the Nazi leader’s words is too dangerous, due to modern anti-Semitism.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a Mein Kampf copy that belonged directly to Adolph Hitler was sold at an auction near the end of the year. What set the auction apart was the final sales price, which was not what anyone was expecting.
When Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is reprinted, it will be noticeably longer. The original release was only 700 words, but the new version will include 1,300 words of commentary and criticism, bumping the final word count to around 2,000 words. According to scholars behind the project, the new version offers an approach which could help prevent another event like the Jewish Holocaust.
“I understand some immediately feel uncomfortable when a book that played such a dramatic role is made available again to the public,” said Magnus Brechtken, the deputy director of the Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History. “On the other hand, I think that this is also a useful way of communicating historical education and enlightenment — a publication with the appropriate comments, exactly to prevent these traumatic events from ever happening again.”
Scholars disagree that allowing Adolf Hitler to speak from the grave to a new generation is ever a good idea. For example, the librarian historian for the Bavarian State Library, Florian Sepp, describes the book as “too dangerous for the general public.” Others say it would be like adding commentary to a book written by Satan.
“I am absolutely against the publication of Mein Kampf, even with annotations. Can you annotate the Devil? Can you annotate a person like Hitler?” said Levi Salomon, spokesman for the Berlin-based Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism. “This book is outside of human logic.”
Charlotte Knobloch, head of the Jewish community in Munich, said she did not initially vigorously oppose the reprinting of Adolf Hitler’s book, but after hearing from Holocaust survivors, she determined something had to be done.
“This book is most evil; it is the worst anti-Semitic pamphlet and a guidebook for the Holocaust,” Knobloch said, according to the Independent. “It is a Pandora’s box that, once opened again, cannot be closed.”
In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler specifically laid the framework for the Jewish Holocaust by promoting anti-Semitism. He described the Jews as people who “will remain the eternal parasite, a freeloader that, like a malignant bacterium, spreads rapidly whenever a fertile breeding ground is made available to it.” When George Orwell reviewed Mein Kampf back in 1940, he also proclaimed what it would mean for the world.
“What [Adolf Hitler] envisages, a hundred years hence, is a continuous state of 250 million Germans with plenty of “living room” (i.e. stretching to Afghanistan or thereabouts), a horrible brainless empire in which, essentially, nothing ever happens except the training of young men for war and the endless breeding of fresh cannon-fodder.”
In modern times, virulent anti-Semitism has spread all over the world. It was not too long that marches were held in France where Nazi salutes were thrown and people cried, “Death to the Jews!” This was not surprising since polls reveal that 16 percent of French people support ISIS, and some attempt to justify the new wave of anti-Semitism in Europe as being based upon criticism of Israel’s policies. Recently, a reporter tried walking through Paris while dressed as a Jew and was cursed and spat upon. Some experts say the situation in Europe has not been this bad since 1938.
Even Jewish Americans have felt the spread of anti-Semitism, and a wave of hate crimes against Jewish college students has started. This past week a Jewish taxi cab passenger was accosted by the driver, who said, “All Jews must die!”
Do you think Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf should be allowed to be reprinted even if it does contain commentary intended to fight back against anti-Semitism?