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Print Mein Kampf to fight neo-Nazi extremism
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Print Mein Kampf to fight neo-Nazi extremism

Published: 26 Jan 2012 18:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Jan 2012 18:18 GMT+01:00

In any other country, the recent announcement would have been greeted with shrugs: British publisher Peter McGee wants to sell excerpts of Adolf Hitler’s racist tome Mein Kampf in Germany.

Of course, there’s a reason the Bavarian state government, which holds the copyright to Mein Kampf, has fought McGee’s plans and even received a court injunction this week blocking them.

It’s the same reason anti-Semitic speech is illegal in Germany, as is the open display of the swastika or holocaust denial – and it's why publishing Mein Kampf would incense so many.

This is where Hitler began his campaign to exterminate Jews, socialists, homosexuals and Roma, among countless others. Germany can never let this tragic Nazi history repeat itself. So the country has put in place some of the toughest laws regulating "hate speech" in the western world.

But, nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, banning free speech in Germany is doing nothing to prevent far-right hatred. In fact, it mystifies it, making extremist propaganda more appealing to those yearning for primary source information.

Worst of all, attempting to censor hate speech suggests that the German people have learned nothing from their dark past.

It implies the country is inherently racist, that young Germans share guilt for the Holocaust, that without patronising rules they will inevitably repeat the awful sins of their grandfathers.

Of course, there's the clear and present danger posed by the country’s extreme right-wing scene. But sceptical young people don’t take kindly to being told something is evil without being able to examine it in all its unvarnished horror (technically Nazi propaganda can be reproduced for educational purposes, but it often comes heavily censored or with invasive commentary).

We know from the recent past – especially the revelations of neo-Nazi killers among us – that the most extreme elements of the far-right underground are bolder than we thought and thriving out of sight of mainstream society.

But we don’t know how strong they really are. Because they are forced into the shadows we must rely on reports from the government and activist organisations to gauge their danger – and these groups have their own agenda to push. In an environment where it’s preferable to censor speech rather than counter it, young people can get sucked into the world of right-wing extremism without being exposed to differing perspectives. In an increasingly interconnected world, it’s foolish to think that society’s restrictions will prevent them from encountering extremism in the first place.

The entire point of banning speech in Germany is being defeated every day on the internet.

The solution is simple: Allow every perspective to be heard freely. Let the neo-Nazis spout their hate. Let them wave their flags. Let Mein Kampf be read freely by the masses. But let's make sure we shout them down and educate the next generation to think critically and reject their evil propaganda.

Germany knows its painful history and Germans want to confront it. We’re well past laws that stifle even odious speech.

Rather than fretting that the publication of Mein Kampf will somehow damage society, we should view it for what it is: A first chance to directly confront those who hate.

Moises Mendoza

moises.mendoza@thelocal.de

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18:46 January 26, 2012 by Anth2305
I couldn't help noticing that the comments section at the bottom of "Asylum applications jump to eight-year high" had been pulled, which led me to wondering if Germans are tad sensitive about allowing too much freedom of expression.
19:04 January 26, 2012 by Kennneth Ingle
Germans have a big problem, they are not allowed to think for themselves! They were not even given the chance to vote for or against the introduction of the Euro.

Political correctness in this country has developed into a mad hysteria in which the political parties ­ supported by a brainwashed Media - tell the public what they may or may not believe.

I lived in England during WW2 and when were playing at being soldiers, we often chalked Nazi symbols such as Swastikas or the double SS on to walls. Of course it was sometimes a mess, about which the adults grumbled, but nobody would have regarded it as a crime. As far as I know, none of us ever grew up to be right-wing radicals.

I read a British translation of Hitler's Mein Kampf while still at school and cannot believe that anybody with an open mind would turn to Nazi-ism because of this rather poorly written work. Just the opposite, in my opinion, it is the continuous repetition of anti-German propaganda that has lead to the Legend of an enormously powerful (evil God), Hitler who was able to destroy half of Europe. Those of us who lived at the time know that he was just one of many European leaders who were quite ready to risk the lives of others in order to increase their own selfish position of power.

No not ¦quot;Mein Kampf ¦quot; is the problem, but the attitude of certain persons who believe they have the right to say what the less privileged may or may not know or read. Stopping this publication will just lead to a growing interest in the same.
19:29 January 26, 2012 by RogH
In reality one plus one, does not equal to two. You fail to take into consideration the psychological effect firstly, then the emotional effect experienced not only on the German citizens, but the world at large. The terribleness of Hitler¦#39;s actions affected laws and attitudes of people as far as Africa. Humans are emotional beings making decisions based on emotion first (my response to your article) and rational afterwards (my contemplation of the responses to this article). The emotion combined with rational thought culminates into a psychological backlash, where in a few days, months, or years, I¦#39;ll react with contempt at the sound of the words ¦quot;The Local¦quot;. Okay, that is a bit extreme, but here is a better example: I was not directly affected by the atrocities of Hitler¦#39;s actions, nor am I old enough to relate to anyone who has, but purely because of what I¦#39;ve read, been exposed to in film, radio, I get a knot in my throat the minute I see his picture or any sign related to his rule.

It is true that one learns best from past mistakes, but the trick is not to dwell on them. Move on to better the present in order for the future to be bearable.

In my opening paragraph I said that it is important to firstly take into consideration the psychology of the people. Before releasing such literature as Mein Kampf, ask whether the people are prepared for it. Are they really? Are any of us really? Take a tour through Germany, especially further east or any part of it where there are small villages. Find a comfortable place to sit that has a wide view of the area. Now, wait and see the responses of people as a person of colour, or Asian, or anyone who looks foreign walks through the crowd. The reaction? Well, depending on what area you are in, the response is first curiosity, followed by slight shock, then an uncomfortable avoidance, followed by a faster walking pace.

Plainly put, sir, the people are not ready. The history of the events, we know them well. And it is good to be educated about it. The Militärhistorisches Museum in Dresden does a fine job of educating. But, what is truly needed, is educating people about the present. Exposing all peoples to different cultures, different races, and exposing people to the concept of loving tolerance. Only once people are made strong in the now, can they be strong for what was past and what is to come. Exposing people to such harsh material as Mein Kampf and the history that it carries, could stir up emotions assumed dead in people who would not want to be hurt by it again. I write emotionally about this topic, because I have travelled much, I was born in South Africa in the ripe time of apartheid; I was there when Egypt changed. Your writing, sir, can only be equated to the indoctrinating writings of war time.

Encourage people to travel, exchange knowledge of culture, rather than spreading words of hate. Teach this to kids.
19:39 January 26, 2012 by carlm
The trouble with Germans is they tend to think too much, sort of like RogH's dissertation. Just print the damn thing and quit worrying. The whack job's will continue to be whack job's and the normal people will continue to be normal. The world ain't gonna erupt into WWIII if Mein Kampf is printed in Germany. Censorship is for losers.
19:51 January 26, 2012 by raandy
It is amusing that it is sensored , it is actually a real and revirland part of history . By sticking your head in the hole by no means makes it go away.
20:15 January 26, 2012 by Anth2305
Kennneth Ingle

I have to confess that I did try to read 'Mein Kampf' many years ago and have to say that I found it very tedious going, the bottom line is that Hitler lost the war simply because he was a very stupid man, where does one begin, the Russian fiasco, or alienating and not keeping the finest brains on the planet on his side, at least for the duration of the war, if he had, then who knows, it could well have been Britain and the U.S. that were on the receiving end of atomic bombs.

raandy

Not forgetting the 'Daily Telegraph'.
05:05 January 27, 2012 by Snapply
Mendozaaaaaa!
05:26 January 27, 2012 by Hunner1210
Germany is a free country, and people cannot live in denial of what happened. Plus, "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". I was shocked when a German exchange student I talked to said she'd never learned much about WWII and the Holocaust. We (USA) had entire units on that all throughout school. Though we (not surprisingly) left out the Dresden bombing and the Japanese Internment Camps. Nevertheless, last time I checked we're not all right-wing Neo-Nazis.
08:39 January 27, 2012 by wood artist
I grew up in the US, during the cold war, the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, and the McCarthy hearings. We were told continually that the evil Communists were doing terrible things and that the schools should ban any discussion of Communism. Of course, that ended up doing two things:

First, curious students (aren't they always curious) wanted to know more, primarily because such knowledge was forbidden.

Second, some people attended Communist gathers...for the same reason. They were inventoried and, in some cases, their lives destroyed. Out of that sort of thing came the Hollywood Blacklist.

At one point I remember joining a conversation about allowing Communists to present their ideas in high school. Many parents and adults were aghast at the very idea. I, being a student, took a more practical approach. I simply asked a simple question:

"What are you afraid of? Don't you think students would make the proper choice when allowed to hear both sides of a question?"

Of course, they had no answer...because...because...well, the kids will be polluted by that information.

I have a lot more confidence in Germans. It's a legitimate part of German history, and maybe understanding how it happened then would prevent it from happening again. Sure, a few will find the ideas valid and want to "sign up" but that's true today too. Put everything on the table, and I'll bet most people can figure out what's the best idea.

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09:12 January 27, 2012 by dv600
I also agree that every freedom must have its limits, and where the line passes exact is indeed difficult to define, but the solution not to have a line at all is in the direction of anarchy.

I think that writing has a huge influence on people. The "low level of writing", that someone mentioned above, did not prevent in the past so many people to follow. Hence, one cannot ignore the danger. And as someone else mentioned above, the German society, like any other society, consists of many different classes and the impact on some of them may be very bad.

Thus, my opinion is that:

1. this book should be restricted (to academic studies?).

2. there is a great symbolism in dealing with this question and forbiding the book giving the message that this is tabu!
09:28 January 27, 2012 by freechoice
wow! young people must read a book to know Hitler is evil. millions of jews and allied forces must have all died in vain.
10:25 January 27, 2012 by HelloOutThere
@ Hunner1210: From which part of Germany did this girl come from? As far as I am concerned we talked a lot about the Second World War, the Holocaust and the methods Hitler used to establish "his" dictatoric system in my old German school.

To be honest I'm amazed that there are U.S.-Americans and British who still wonder why swastikas and "Mein Kampf" are forbidden in Germany considering the fact that they were responsible for the so called "Entnazifizierung" which eventually let to those things being forbidden.
14:26 January 27, 2012 by hobemoa
Read it or not, the fact is Germany has not dealt with it's past.It has nothing to be ashamed of. it was a different time with different people. Henry viii practiced genocide on the Jews, many kings, queens and governments have done so on all races at some time or another. It really is time just to move on.Even Israel has proven it is not beyond reproach.
15:09 January 27, 2012 by HelloOutThere
It's just the way it is - Germany will remain one of the few countries which has actually (despite what hobemoa says) dealt with the dark part of its history. But I don't think that Germany's history will prevent people from buying goods "made in Germany" in the future for instance as it has not prevent people from buying German goods in the past. Otherwise Germany would not be the second largest export nation in the world. According to a BBC poll the people who were asked had the opinion that Germany actually has the most positive influence on world politics. Even many young Israelis seek their happiness in Berlin. As time goes on and countries like China, India and Brasil become even more and more important (with entities like the U.S., U.K. and Israel at the same time becoming less and less important) the German past will become less and less important to the new world powers (I can't remember Chinese, Indian and Brasilian people pointing their fingers at the Germans because of their history).
15:48 January 27, 2012 by paramaniac
you must allow publication
16:58 January 27, 2012 by jabulani
I fully agree with Kenneth Ingle. I can only add that FREEDOM of speach is the right of every human. If we happen not to like somebody that is of a different nation we are taugh by the press to call it RACIST !!! specially if we dont like blacks...but if somebody dont like whites...well...nobody is racist.

Hollywood, together with the press tycoons that coincidentally are all jewish happen to spread the "guilt" to german new generation. i would like to see somebody talking about WHAT WAS GERMANY LIKE BEFORE HITLER??? WHO WAS MAKING GERMANS POOR? Who had the food MONOPOLY between other fields as well?

Who bombed DRESDEN??? in an inhuman way???? Who bombed JAPAN in a horrific way??? Who is talking in their behalve???

NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO PROHIBIT ANYONE TO WEAR THE SVASTICA OR ANYTHING ELSE...the people that THINKS this is ok they have DIRTY MINDS.

it is not the svastika...it is what they think it represents....and ANTI_SEMITISM???

Well if there is ANTI anything is because there MUST be a good REASON created by themselves...anti USA...a good reason for it...nothing is created for no reason.

SO OWN UP YOUR ACTIONS AND LIVE WITH IT.
00:09 January 28, 2012 by yuri_nahl
Comment: I read parts of Mein Kampf when I was in high school. It was in the high school library. I did not start goose stepping, or develop an attitude towards Jews. It was too boring to read the whole thing. I have lived in the UK and America. From the outside , Germany seems to have a really bad case of guilt. Most of the people from the WW II days are dead. A new group of non-German warmongers have taken over the invasion of sovereign countries. Did anyone notice? Of course , bringing up WW II war crimes is good for diverting attention from the present day war crimes. But then, consider who the actors are in the present day war crimes. A lot of money has been made with the "holocaust denial" "crimes". A lot of speech has been controlled with "anti-holocaust denial legislation". For example, presenting evidence against "holocaust facts" is "a crime"!!!! A crime called "holocaust denial"! I got a book of Hitler's speeches from a public library near where I live. It was fairly boring. Again, I did not start goose stepping or wearing jodpuhrs. But I did see where neo-fascist George H. W. Bush stole his, "New World Order" catch phrase. Yes, it was straight out of Hitler's speech! If it had not been for the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler's ranting may have fallen on deaf ears. Only by reading what Hitler wrote can a person see that it was not magic. It was more effective in the context of the 1920s and 1930s, but Hitler's second book was delayed being published because "Mein Kampf" sales were dropping off. There is a book by an American, Norman G. Finkelstein (a Jew) called "The Holocaust Industry". It should be required reading if anyone feels really guilty some rainy day. Although it may not be available in Germany! The ultimate cure for guilt would be for any German to read a couple of paragraphs about what has been done in Libya or Iraq recently. It seems that the Nuremberg War Tribunals were just another load of manure slung at the losers of WW II, and not to be applied to the winners.
12:35 January 28, 2012 by freier
Germans of today are born into a lie, educated in the lie, brought up in a lie and live work pay taxes in a lie. The hole system is a lie!

Germans used to be a very educated and free people with full of Thought and full of future and now all a non smiling people, no love or peace in them! Just work and do your thing to survive! Lot of them have self hate and other complexes in them.

I asked myself why!

And Guess what it is , they all know they are lied to with everything!

Since 1918 till this very day!

From the wrong occupation of parts of the German Reich 1919 till today!

All now in the heart that they are lied to, but are not allowed to question anything

which is so a plant lie. From the West/Allied dictated Grundgesetz till the so called non war involvement in Jugoslavia and Afganistan all is a lie!

You just not allowed to question anything just work shut up and have a holyday

but never ask questions about anything German. This how we live for more then65 Years.

The Bundeswehr is fighting in this mentioned Countrys but the parlament does not say anything about this vorbidden wars. Just peace ventures! What a lie!

Nothing was voted for from the People or any true new Ideas. No vote for the Euro or politikel union . German are not asked for anything just ordered! The party,s are a FARCE does not matter which one . Under the new goverment of Schroeder and Fisher they went into the wars with the Allies against the nation outside of Nato Area. Till today illegal wars partycipating the Germans against theire on Grundgesetz! The Staat is a lie ! Nationality in the passport is DEUTSCH! What this means? Another LIE!

If i do not believe on the holocaust I get imprissioned for up to 12 Years if I publical say so and why I come to this conclusion! The BRD is a PTY Limited!

Not even a free STAAT it is nichts! Just run by an Elite which runs the people of the Western Allies. Guess what they have worked since 1950 with a god profit and acumulated more then 4500 Tons of Gold! And it is stored in the private Banks of the US,City of London and Paris! The so called democratic staat of Germany is a farce of the Western Allies with a corrupted money making ELITE of blood succers.

Nothing is true just all moeny making lie!

Guess what most German know it but they know if we fight it they will kill us as planed during war world 2 ! Now they are doing it slowly!
13:48 January 28, 2012 by Anth2305
@FREIER

Some of your sentiments could (and are, if you read many of the comments in various English newspapers) be echoed by people here in the UK.

Hitler is alive and well, in the 'New World Order', he's left in his wake a huge legacy of guilt, soul searching, paranoia and political correctness, with people not being allowed to act or speak the truth without being branded a 'NAZI', not only in Germany, but also right across the first world.
16:51 January 28, 2012 by Talonx
@ The Local & Moises Mendoza

In no other nation on the face of this planet is a population taught of its own dark past in such a strongly honest and consistent manner; you don't have to go far to find a German who went to a concentration camp on a school outing.

At least one other person pointed out here that the laws in place came about with the occupying forces denazification programs and not as the author of this unresearched garbage of an article (I mean that as constructive criticism, i.e. toss it in the bin) states, "...attempting to censor hate speech suggests that the German people have learned nothing from their dark past. ".

Claims that mystification of an idea automatically makes it attractive or that such a process is ultimately responsible for a fictional surge in neo-nazis in Germany is bizarre and the worst pseudo-science a bad journalist can spout. On the point of some fictional surge which according to the author is brimming just beneath the surface of German society, what are we to make of basically every other country on the face of the planet including Israel who have larger numbers of neo-nazis per capita than could ever be counted in Germany? These facts are not exceptional.

The very clearly stated reason for hate speech laws is to save German folks the terrifying ordeal of having someone shout them down with nazi slogans and propaganda, for the foreseeable future, synonymous in the minds of most Germans with death, destruction, and hatred. To dare to write an opinion piece dealing with this piece of German culture and not be aware of this very obvious fact is disturbing. This is not a law barring free speech it is a protection.

There is no law which makes Mein Kampf unaccessible, in fact annotated copies can be found at just about every major Library in Germany, originals are sold online and in used book stores, the text is freely available to read online within Germany as well (how this escaped the mind of the author of this horribly researched opinion piece is beyond me). Why the author chooses to mix up a (C) issue with hate speech is also beyond me, the position of the Bavarian government is very clearly that for as long as they hold the (C) nobody will be allowed to profit off of Mein Kampf. When they (C) is up, watch the slimes pour in an publish for millions, I'm sure they'll have a field day in the U.S. and U.K. where an absence of knowledge about folks own dark histories is replaced with a fetishistic knowledge of the Nazis.

Finally, I am not a fan of German hate speech laws either, nor do I think they handle their neo-nazi problems perfectly (though certainly better than any other nation on the planet), however I would not twist the intentions and history of the existing laws and cultural practices to conform to my views as the author has seen fit to do, either by way of ignorance or malicious intent.
21:23 January 28, 2012 by JAMessersmith
The reason governments ban books is because the ideas within not only threaten the status quo, but appeal to the masses. Granted, Mein Kampf certainly threatens the status quo, but does the German government seriously believe it still appeals to the masses? Lift the ban on Mein Kampf and suddenly Germans will be goose-stepping down the streets of Paris and Warsaw. Is that the line of thinking?

Much of the WWII generation has either died off or is dying. Soon enough, no one in Germany will even have lived during the war. Yet the boogeyman still haunts them from beyond the grave. At a certain point, this kind of hyper-sensitivity becomes ridiculous. Imagine if Italians were still apologizing for Nero, or Hungarians for Attila. Once the generation that perpetrated WWII is gone, the only purpose these laws will serve will be to redress the sins of thy father (or grandfather in this case). I mean, how many generations should it go on for? And if grandkids are to blame for the actions of their grandparents, why not great-grandkids, and great-great grandkids? Take it back far enough, and the Egyptians will have to pay slave reparations to Israel.
09:11 January 29, 2012 by henry1544
Mein Kampf is forbidden. German WW2 symbols are forbidden. National socialist parties are forbidden.

But the writings of Karl Marx is allowed. Also Trotsky, Lenin and Beria is allowed.

The communist flag is allowed.

Communists/red/green alliances are allowed.

How many did the communist kill? How many did the nazis kill?

Why not ban both, just one?

Who controls this?
12:46 January 29, 2012 by Talonx
@ The Local

Have a good look at the idiots that post on your website, without reading any other commentary they regurgitate verbatim tired trite lines in support of fictions. Disgusting.
19:15 January 29, 2012 by volvoman9
The reality is that most of us move like sheep through our lives believing whatever sound byte appeals to us. Never underestimate the stupidity of human kind. It matters not so mush what culture you come from but instead where your culture is going. Freedom of speech allows for knowledge and it is only an educated culture that can make an educated decision.
17:14 January 30, 2012 by Schnurri
It's sad that a great country like Germany has NEVER had free speech. Reading MEIN KAMPF is not going to turn Germany into a Facist State. Most Germans today will not understand half of what Hitler was talking about.
00:20 February 1, 2012 by jj the Compassianate
MEIN KAMPH needs to be available to everybody to learn the distruction that can come from following one man. Hitler used censorship to control the people, Germany does not need to. They just need to educate everybody with compassion in thier teachings so that mistakes are never made again. Have a Fantastic day.
02:22 February 1, 2012 by Talonx
Mein Kamp is available to anyone that wants it, with extensive contextualizing footnotes in libraries across Germany and online.
09:32 February 1, 2012 by Sastry.M
Moses Mendoza is quite right in his arguments about freedom of human expression. In reconciling with the misdeeds of dark past by the generation, which is by now going into natural attrition, the present day generation should be allowed free chance by conceding instead of curtailing to read material of those fateful decades which gripped the world with economic depression and human destitution.

As reviewed from the many above comments, any branded condemnation of hateful concepts and evil perpetrators does not qualify the virtue of condemners but only promotes mistrust questioning the veracity of their righteous judgement.

Unilateral legislation by State as well as Federal German Governments only prevent rather than promote true and genuine approach by the present younger generation and make feel condemned instead of exonerated and hence seek paths of resentful retaliation.

Thanks to The Local for the bold presentation stirring up true sentiments.
12:31 February 1, 2012 by Illogicbuster
Why print this book? ANYONE can just download it from the net... FREE.
02:31 February 2, 2012 by Jeff10
First, they came for those who made anti-semitic comments and I said nothing, because I'm not anti-semitic. Then, they came for those who made racist comments and I said nothing, because I'm not a racist. Then they came for those who disparaged certain religions and I said nothing, because I'm not religious. Then they came for those who read certain books and I said nothing, because I didn't read those books. Then they came for those who dispute conventional facts and I said nothing, because I don't disupte such facts. Then they came for those who were suspiciously quiet and quite conventional and....there was no one there to say anything on my behalf.

Wake up, Europe. Don't let anyone use any excuse to take from you even the smallest freedom. It's a slippery slope that will lead to that that's as bad as the murderous totalitarian regimes of communism and nazism.
10:21 February 2, 2012 by TheShoah
As long as they keep paying compensation.
08:50 February 3, 2012 by design
hitler wrote a book?
09:46 February 3, 2012 by Talonx
@ Illogicbuster

Seems like most of The Locals readership are the Foxnews crowd sensationalists or privileged fair dodging immigrants from the developed world like Design ( see http://www.thelocal.de/article.php?ID=40511#comment2670062).

Of all the poss, you and I are the only ones to point out the fact that Mein Kampf is freely available as educational material and by no means illegal to read.
18:38 February 4, 2012 by Edward Braunfels
As Machiavelli said, 'if you want to know who is truly in power in any country, simply ask who it is that you cannot criticize' … and it has been so for many hundreds of years.
09:05 February 7, 2012 by Jim the good Guy
I have kept a copy of Mein Kampf on my book shelf for the past 45 years. I have read it through and from time to time referred back to certain passages. But I have never had the urge to put anything in my oven except a pizza.

By the way, the debate was not about printing Mein Kampf as a book, but printing excerpts in a magazine accompanied by explainations from current history experts to put it all in the perspective of the time. They also reprented newspaper articles from both the left and the right.

This was a worthy project, but it has turned out to be more trouble than playing the Ouverture to Tannhauser in Isreal.
10:42 February 7, 2012 by koli
never read it, but I guess it would be a good book to burn with all of this cold...
11:38 February 7, 2012 by Cambsdon
Let people make their own minds up. Banning things isn't the answer.

I've read Mein Kampf and apart from being rubbish, it has no relevance in the modern world. Its bizarre ramblings are the thoughts of one man who clearly had a gigantic chip on his shoulder.

On the other side of the coin; there are numerous religious and far left publicataions available that pose a bigger threat to world peace than anything Hitler and his warped logic could come up with.
23:56 February 8, 2012 by Antone
Print the book. Admit your sordid past and move on. That is what freemen do.The reich of a thousand years was wiped from Germany in 1945 with the blood of many. The final solution was a dismal failure, thank GOD. Imagine, the nazis thought they could beat the world and instead got their beautiful cities bombed to heaps of ruins, with the citizens buried in the mess. Be happy it was not in our time.
18:33 February 9, 2012 by Richard Mason
After World War 2 began Hitler discouraged people from reading Mein Kampf and he himself stated much of its content was outdated due to his initial sucess against Poland, Belgium and France. The book was written while Hitler was in prison and his so called "struggle" was over. If one wants to purchase a copy of Mein Kampf in the United States you can do so in any large retail book store. It is written in English but the message still comes through clearly. I believe it is generally used by college students who are studying the History of Germany. Perhaps it is not well written but Hitler never claimed to have any writing talent. This tragic war is finished. Actions have spoken louder than words. We should move forward now and try to develope a better world together.
02:35 February 18, 2012 by Tim547
Mein Kampf was seriously lacking the same tools Fake Zionists used to create depression in the entire population of Germany.

The Zionist impersonators that were allowed German money, political authority, and political clout, religiously saturated the globe with grossly manipulated and vengeful political attacks against Germany, one of 1000 nations equally guilty of crimes that are a horrible and natural part of war on home turf. Horrible atrocities committed by horrible dictators? No. Bad governments feeding the 1% who become rich from war and are completely helpless to prevent death and destruction.

Many horror stories from countries invaded by Russian invasions, as well as countries like Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam and most of the ME just to mention a few will never get the same saturation as Germany as their are no institutions devoted to making a living on demeaning the governments of these previously war torn countries for profit. Also, for some countries the temptation to invade is just to inviting to risk the same global upheaval.

Lets put the quilt where it belongs. the Bush administration is just as guilty of war crimes as little dictator Adolf. .The invasion of Muslim countries to insure Western control of foreign oil is no longer a secret and AIPAC cannot use the Main Stream Media to manipulate the argument that the War on Terror justifies the use of Depleted Uranium munitions on Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and any where else AIPACs desire for oil and power carries them. If Germany could accept that they were a small part of a disastrous decade, maybe they can save the one we live in now.
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Victims of GDR regime get benefit boost

Benefit payments to former political prisoners of ex-communist East Germany (GDR) will be raised to send an "important message" 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the government said on Wednesday. READ  

Cabinet agrees cap on city rent rises
Apartments in Leipzig. Photo: DPA

Cabinet agrees cap on city rent rises

Germany's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to cap ballooning property rents in high-demand urban neighbourhoods in a law set to come into force early next year. READ  

Berlin flights disrupted by WWII bomb find
Passengers are delayed at Tegel Airport. Photo: DPA

Berlin flights disrupted by WWII bomb find

UPDATE: The discovery of a US World War II bomb disrupted flights at Berlin’s Tegel Airport on Wednesday afternoon, with no flights taking off or landing for 30 minutes. The bomb has now been defused but later flights are still delayed. READ  

Refugee abuse guards 'nicknamed the SS'
A photo allegedly showing guards abusing one refugee. Photo: DPA/Police

Refugee abuse guards 'nicknamed the SS'

A group of guards who allegedly abused refugees in an asylum centre in western Germany were nicknamed “the SS” after Hitler's stormtroopers, according to one of their colleagues. Photos of guards abusing refugees have sparked a backlash in Germany against security firms. READ  

Nestle wins the food prize no one wants
First prize went to Nestle for its sugary baby food. Photo: Foodwatch

Nestle wins the food prize no one wants

A food watchdog presented Nestle with a prize to avoid on Wednesday for the cheekiest false advertising of the year. The runner-up was a chicken soup with no chicken in a vote of almost 160,000 Germans. READ  

Merkel's VIP jet set to fly soldiers home
One of the two A340 planes which are reserved for the Chancellor and government leaders. Photo: DPA

Merkel's VIP jet set to fly soldiers home

One of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s VIP jets is set to be used to ferry soldiers home who are stuck in Afghanistan, due to ongoing problems with the German military’s transport planes. READ  

German firms top EU lobbying list
Siemens was the highest ranked German company when it came to spending on EU lobbying, according to the register. Photo: DPA

German firms top EU lobbying list

Germany companies are among the biggest spenders when it comes to EU lobbying to influence decision makers in Brussels. There are more German lobbying organizations registered than from any other country in Europe but Belgium. READ  

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