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Publisher backs down on Mein Kampf plans

The Local · 26 Jan 2012, 07:15

Published: 26 Jan 2012 07:15 GMT+01:00

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The Munich District Court issued an injunction on behalf of the Bavarian state Wednesday preventing British publisher Peter McGee from following through with his plan to begin distributing portions of Adolf Hitler's book on Thursday.

McGee said portions of the book would now be distributed with his Zeitungszeugen (newspaper witnesses) product of Nazi-era newspaper reprints, but it would be blurred out so Germans can’t read the words.

“We must ensure that our main publication Zeitungszeugen is not put at risk,” McGee said, said, saying that the blurring would prevent the government from seizing his publication.

The Munich court ruled that Bavaria still controls the copyright to Mein Kampf for the next three years, meaning only the state can approve its publication in Germany, a decision Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Söder welcomed.

“It is good that the publisher is now legally forbidden from spreading this diatribe,” he said. “The Free State of Bavaria will continue to defend its copyright.”

McGee said he would still allow Germans to request uncensored excerpts via mail order, but it was not clear if that offer would stand up to legal scrutiny.

Bavarian officials have taken action against McGee before, seizing copies of Zeitungszeugen several years ago, although its sale has since been ruled legal.

The Mein Kampf plans raised the hackles of politicians and activist groups – the book’s publication is generally banned in Germany, although its possession is legal and it is widely available on the internet and in other countries.

McGee had insisted he was just trying to show people the full horror of Hitler's world view.

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“It is about time that the broader public is given the opportunity to deal with the original text,” he told Der Spiegel magazine recently.

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Your comments about this article

10:27 January 26, 2012 by freechoice
is this guy old school or what? such books by some mad man was floating around on the internet some time ago. there is even an english translation i really can't be bothered!
11:48 January 26, 2012 by lucksi
We should seize all the books and burn them and also round up everybody who publishes it, because history something something repeats something...

Good grief. Let anybody who wants to read it, read it. That doesn't turn you into a Nazi anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car. If we still allow neonazis who don't flash the Hitler sign or wear swastikas to do open demonstrations and generally not arrest them, then we can survive the book being more openly available then it is now.
12:49 January 26, 2012 by michael4096
It does illustrate how deep rooted this period still is in the German psyche.

But before all the comments about it just being history, remember that there are many, many threads on this forum with inappropriate 'nazi' comments from non-Germans. Maybe Germans will stop feeling sensitive when they stop being beaten up
14:22 January 26, 2012 by Antone
Remember what the Nazis did to the Russians. We must remember and swear we will not do it again.
16:27 January 26, 2012 by NarineS
YAWN..we all remember what Stalin did to the russians as well. enough with the self loathing and whipping yourself like medieval monks did, it makes you look pathetic...
09:10 January 27, 2012 by jeremyfr
Incorrect use of an apostrophe in the first sentence: "forbidding it¦#39;s publication"
16:06 January 27, 2012 by MikeJarosz
There is more than "an english translation". There are modern translations, older translations, there is even an official national socialist propaganda translation from 1939. I held a modern copy in my hands, but didn't buy. Everything I've heard is that it it so crazy it is hard to read.

I checked the US Amazon site. There were 34 replies to "Mein Kampf". Look for yourself. At the bottom of amazon.de there will probably be a link to US amazon. Try it!

(unless the Stasi has it blocked)
01:40 January 28, 2012 by kkiwi54
How ironic that modern Germany has to act like Nazi Germany about a book. Also with the banning of gestures and symbols it seems to me (a none German) that fascism runs deep in Germany.
19:18 January 28, 2012 by Gretl
I think it is important to "know thy enemy". I read many historically significant works at university in order to understand where political-economic movements came from. So, when a Bavarian friend asked me for a copy of Mein Kampf for his birthday, I didn't freak out and think he was going to go out and join the NPD; I knew he wanted to know what all the hoopla was about.

Knowledge is power. How can you recognize patterns repeating themselves if you are not allowed to know how it all started?
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