Republishing Mein Kampf

After 70 years, does it belong back on the shelves?


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(34) Anonymous, January 23, 2016 9:24 PM

Additional point

My dear cousin Yakov, I agree that the wide availability is negative. However, there is an importance for it to be available to people capable to explain how H's craziness is warped and by that prevent the well intended who could adopt such kind of ideology for whatever humanistic reason. Those capable people can probably acquire the book without that new ability as you said, but stressing this point seems important.

(33) Henry Wiltschek, January 17, 2016 5:22 PM

No, should not be published

If somebody wants to print it -perhaps out of greed - to stop it
would generate more interest, especially from those who have never gone through the Nazi Times and the murder of millions of people and never having lived under the Nazi Dictatorship.
Personally - this is " Cold Coffee " and painful, and I never want to hear about it again. Perhaps, it could be considered a Historically piece of work - just alone to remind the world was has happened and should never happen again.
In our present time now we have the fanatical Muslims who want to destroy Israel and the Jewish people - that is to fight and prevent against..

(32) Rachel, January 14, 2016 3:32 PM

Re Facebook comments

Banning MEin Kampf or any other political book, no matter how horrifying the ideas, would violate US Constitution 1st Amendment. I'm not on Facebook so I couldn't respond to those posts.

(31) Anonymous, January 13, 2016 5:53 PM

G-d's Will is One

G-d’s Will is One—what is already fulfilled in Olam HaBoh, the only world, cannot resist in a world of illusion where the only blockage to the inevitable is time. What we Jewish denizens of this illusion can do is hasten that time—the path of Torah, or let time takes it natural, evolutionary course—the path of pain, that—like the beatings of a man refusing his wife the get she deserves, until he will of his own free choice (in balance of hardened heart and pain)--do the right thing and go on the path of Torah.

Pharaoh made bad choices till the end. Hopefully we’ll awaken the dawn instead of suffering ever-greater tortures till then… Let’s leave it as a good dream, and not awaken screaming from a nightmare. One way or another, Reality is One…

(30) Anonymous, January 13, 2016 5:51 PM

Our free choice--true prayer...

And here is where true prayer comes in—our ONLY freewill. Do we want to want to want purpose, or do we want to want continue wanting just the pleasure--worldly or otherworldly, even just feeling good, admired, self-righteous or the comfort of mindlessly following habit--of pretending we either have purpose or that there is no purpose.

Notice, not want, or want to want--that we can’t help, but want to want to want. We do not want, nor even can we want to want, to serve Heaven “l’shma”—for its own sake. But we can want to serve, to start on the path, “lo l’shma”—in order to get pleasure out of it. We cannot want to give up pleasure, but in the abstract we can choose between equal pleasures and intentionally drift from one irresistible environment to another.

That is what He awaits—our request for the “miracle” of circumcising the stony heart that only He can do for us. For when the steel turns into the steel magnet—now in all its stiff necked, irresistible glory, this nation will pull in with a strong right, push away with a weaker left, and thus draw the nations towards us will turning their polarities into alignment. Nazism, ISIS and the BDS Left will turn inside out into our closest allies. All nations will be one, one with us—one with the One. And yes, then we will all be brothers—as G-d intended from the very beginning.

(29) Anonymous, January 13, 2016 5:49 PM

A tough mission takes steel, not a plush toy

A tough mission takes steel, not a plush toy. Oh, Hitler was right enough about that, Israel and Amalek could have been brothers—both are called “the first of the nations.” [The rabbinic great of the 20th century, Rav Avigdor Miller, was once asked why when we are obligated to destroy Amalek, that if an Amalekite converts to Judaism, he could marry a born Jew the very next day—as opposed to the rules concerning ancient Egyptians, Moabites, etc.. Rav Miller answered with a tone of surprise—“Amalek is a grandson of your brother Esau, shouldn’t you have mercy for your brother?”]

Jews are steely in holding their mission against their will—its racial memory eats at our collective soul. Either we are forced to seek it in our external religious rules, or try to find it in purely national expression—or else even giving up both, l try to follow this unshakable drive through the artifice of liberalism. Yet the real message of unity and mutual responsibility (above the level of self-interest, you should forgive, the “Hitler test”), that same steeliness won’t let us live according to it. Our agendas are worse than our other self-interest because we are such a “thinking people.” By not rising in love over the hatred over our arguments about how to manifest the externality of our mission, we destroy its essence.

(28) Anonymous, January 13, 2016 5:47 PM

Hitler criticizes lack of Jewish unity--why would he care?!

Now that’s an odd criticism—albeit the only real one in all Nazi propaganda against us, one might add. Shouldn’t he have accused us of betraying Germany per normative Nazi propaganda? No—because that would be a normal “5th columnist” accusation, and he would consider that loyalty (as, say, German Bundist support for his own cause in America). We’re supposed to be the unity—the what you hate don’t do to your friend—the love your fellow as yourself, people. If we are not, then the Jewish message is false, the strong must eat the weak per Lebensraum.

Hitler also says it more clearly elsewhere, that conscience and morality are “Jewish inventions.” Don’t we think that Hitler knew, from his own Catholic upbringing, that normative modern civilization and religion (and likely even he himself in his youth personally), considered these “inventions” to be good things? Do we really think that Hitler intended to praise us with this statement in the way that we would like to take it and do in countless drashim? No, he meant that since we don’t “practice what we preach.” It is we Jews that are guilty of foisting a crippling “Big Lie” – “intrinsically” by our nature, because we are weak (or make ourselves such) and therefore we propagandize for the “supposed” rights of the weak.

The unpleasant point is that “ain od m’lavdo,” “There is none (nothing) but Him.” Somehow, we must hear the voice of G-d in anything that happens—particularly directly to the Jewish people. And the really unpleasant point is that the message is loud and clear. We are the chosen messengers, and of all peoples that HaSh-m could have chosen, He specifically chose the “stiff necked” ones. This fact becomes blatant from Moses’s defense of us after the sin of the golden calf. You don’t give chutzpah as a defense, unless it is either “not our fault,” or “G-d needs chose us for just this reason.” Both fulfill Abraham's mission—and so we were created this way.

(27) Anonymous, January 13, 2016 5:42 PM

So what lesson might Mein Kampf hold for we Jews

I recall my shock as a teenager, to discover in casual conversation with my father, that he read and was conversant in Mein Kampf. To my amazed expression he replied, “You better know what your enemy is saying.” There is something deeper than my father’s words here in that, for G-d elevated this Amalekite like none before him since Haman—and his statement about “History” selecting him, means that he fully understood this.

As Rav Salomon points out, there are two elements to the book, “Lebensraum” – his vision of German “breathing room” colonization and domination, and his sense of the Jews as an evil to be eliminated. Knowing his penchant for spiritualism (one of his most avid admirers was the American founder of what became New Age, Alice Bailey), we need to understand that he never intended the Jews to be scapegoats, nor was his simple racism—certainly not a religious bigotry. Yes, to carry out policy his henchmen revved-up all of those means—but Hitler himself, no—he apparently had a close Jewish friend in his younger days, and had written some things that actually make him sound like a philo-semite! Even later, I believe in Mein Kampf, he finds certain similarity of Jews and Aryans and notes that under different circumstances would have considered us brothers. So what soured these positive feelings into a viciousness of unimaginable horror and cruelty?

The key to all of this appears to be in Mein Kampf (“My Conflict—of course that’s where he would explain it!): "The Jew is only united when a common danger forces him to be or a common booty entices him; if these two grounds are lacking, the qualities of the crassest egoism come into their own, and in the twinkling of an eye the united people turns into a horde of rats, fighting bloodily among themselves.”

(26) Eliyahu, January 13, 2016 5:39 PM

Rav Salomon is right.

I certainly agree with Rav Salomon—Mein Kampf should certainly not be made so readily available, much less suggested for the German school system. Certainly, this will spark in a world where kids play games of massive violence—even genocide and conquest, and here are presented with a historic plan of their own nation that came inches from success in actually carrying out such “fantasies”! Too, note how ISIS is producing video games exactly patterned as such where the reward is to decapitate captured infidels.

It must be remembered too that positive sentiment for Nazism in neither Germany, nor Europe in general, has fully died out. In fact, antisemitism is rekindling as a cause celebre, and especially in a Europe where it is the only common theme seen among at least a sizable minority among Nationalists, Middle-Eastern émigrés, “Liberals,” and college campus Left. In this context, could one imagine a curricular study, in say French Muslim schools, of some foundational work by Bagdadi of ISIS. --What would be the French populous’ reaction to that idea?

However, having said this, since—as Rav Salomon points out--it is a fait accompli, I think in terms of the discussion in the Gemarah about whether it was good to be alive. The conclusion was that, in fact, it would be better to have never been born—but since we are here, we should strive do the best with this life.

Dori1951, January 16, 2016 11:15 PM

Not quite...

" curricular study, in say French Muslim schools, of some foundational work by Bagdadi of ISIS. "

I hardly think that is a proper comparison. The new edition of Mein Kampf is annotated and would be taught to children in state schools.

(25) SusanE, January 12, 2016 11:22 PM

Who is behind the Publishing?

Who has paid for the republishing of the book? Who will benefit from it? Who is advertising the fact it is in Germany on bookshelves. There is always an agenda. This is the first I've heard about it.

Dori1951, January 13, 2016 11:50 AM

The republication is not news breaking on Aish

SusanE, please look at my post #19 of 11 Jan 16 headlined "The video is very disappointing and light on facts" as well as the PS, which is from me (it looks like I forgot to insert my moniker, hence "anonymous").

The news of imminent republication in Germany of Mein Kampf did not break on Aish's website with Rabbi Salomon's video!

(24) Jean Paul, January 12, 2016 11:03 PM

Through the book "Mein Kampf",and the Internet, the Germans can find out the thruth about Hitler and ist time. I believed the Propaganda and lies about this all, about 40 years, but now i didnt any more. The"BRD" is a lie and Angela Merkel is a lier. The god of Israel hate lies and so do i. Thou shalt not bear false witness ...(Matth.19,18) and in the torah.
But now!: "... your old road is rapidly aging on the times there are a changing... "(Bob Dylan). No german is a racist or an antisemit but the Yankees in america.
Wake up, it`s feeding time, feed me more - the hyper-intelligence. The war is over - if !!! you want it - realy??? Today, i can`t believe that. Nethertheless, the simple jew is me brother and sister.

Anonymous, January 13, 2016 11:54 AM

Why is the BRD a lie?

Jean Paul, why do you declare the "BRD" (Federal Republic of Germany, for those who are unfamiliar with the abbreviation) to be a lie and Angela Merkel a lier. The latter assertion is quite slanderous without any evidence.

(23) Geno S, January 12, 2016 10:28 PM

No book bans!

One book today, another tomorrow? Soon the temperature reaches 451 Farhenheit!! Who will decide what gets burned? Intellectual advancement requires open access to all viewpoints!!

(22) Devorah, January 12, 2016 3:08 PM

addition

Hitler slaughtered not just European/Slavic Jews, unfortunately almost to extinction but also American Service persons who were POW, Gypsies, Germans who differed in ideologies or political stance, French, Polish, Ukrainians, Hungarians, British, Romanians, Belgians, Dutch etc and for those who wish to have their specific group acknowledged I ask you to keep in mind that it was Jews who were almost completely exterminated as a race. No other group was targeted quite in the same manner and with such ferocity or success. I believe we are a race separate from our Judaism beings we have our own Culture which unifies us regardless of National Origin. Via Religion Judaism.

Dori1951, January 12, 2016 4:34 PM

Hitler did not "almost completely" exterminate the Jewish people

Devorah, you are, of course right in saying that Hitler (and his lackeys!) targetted a variety of non-Jews as well.

But I should like to put the numbers of Jews into perspective. It is correct that at 6 million the majority (i.e. two-thirds) of European Jewry was wiped out. However, that represents about 38% of the pre-WW2 world population of Jews.
Whilst catastrophic, that is not close to national annihilation.

You could argue that the Romans were much closer to complete genocide after the destruction of the Second Temple and the crushing of the last uprising, under Bar Kochba, in around 135 CE.

Devorah, January 12, 2016 8:24 PM

Thank you Dori1951

I have the figures pre WW11 from the census of every Nation where Jewish population of men, women and children were counted. Also a census of each Nation after. I forgot RuRussians, Lithuanians, Hungarian and Italians and certainly not intentional. When we get to Japan who exterminated 20 million Chinese while Chang Kei Sheck ruled before Mao or the Famine when Mao took rein over Communist China. The more I know the more I know I don't know. Clearly I have only general knowledge of Roman Occupation of Israel. 135 CE. I do know it was brutal. I know Rabbi Akia of righteous memory was skinned alive while reciting Torah. I am amiss as to the number that fled into the Diaspora or the number of Jews slaughtered under Roman Occupation. I know the hearts of the Jews was torn apart when our Temple was destroyed. That would also include every Jewish generation after thru out the diaspora. One day God willing I will enhance my studies to include this much needed information. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I am grateful. The oldest books in my possession were copyrighted in 1654. A time when Voltaire was alive. I truly must find that History. I have so much to learn.

(21) Devorah, January 12, 2016 2:51 PM

Mein Kampf

Rabbi Salomon I can agree with you and for the purpose for my reading Mein Kampf I utilize it as a Diary of a Criminal Sociopath. In his own words. It lacks cohesion, rationale. It was one more book which I utilized forensically in an attempt to understand the machination of a Criminal Mind at work. We all unfortunately know where it led. I am Jewish. It did not make me hate Jews or anyone for that matter. I am the lone survivor born in America but was orphaned at 3 1/2. Ashkenazi and totally devoted to Holocaust Studies. I read and re-read Mein Kampf and I am blessed because I did. If we burn or censor this book wouldn't we BE like Hitler? Of course it will promote Jew hatred by ANY Criminal Sociopath or Psychopath who reads it but a hater is a hater and cannot be treated for their racism which accompanied by their equally untreatable irrationality will quickly make their affectation known. For those of any known intelligence they will see it for what it is as I did.

(20) Howard Sanshuck, January 12, 2016 6:29 AM

The Chosen People

One source of pride for Jews is that of our special status with the Creator. Yet Yaakov and his wives could not learn a lesson that there are consequences for having "favorites" amongst your children. If it was a part of a Divine plan so too is the antisemitism that is returning with a vengeance.

(19) Dori1951, January 11, 2016 11:20 PM

The video is very disappointing and light on facts

I find most of the comments so far and, above all the Rabbi Salomon's video, very disappointing.
NOBODY mentioned the reason WHY Mein Kampf is being republished now. At least R Salomon should have raised it.
The German authorities (specifically the Bavarian state govt) have suppressed (re)publication up to now because they could, because they owned the copyright, which ran out this year.

There was considerable debate in Germany about what to do on the expiry of the copyright, and the result was this (worthy) annotated edition.

Let us all remember that the Mein Kampf text is quite freely available in German and other languages, so the market could/would be 'flooded' anyway since free distribution even in Germany has now become legal.
Let us also remember that displaying Nazi symbols and denying the Holocaust are offences in Germany.

Just Google for it! Try, e.g. "Mein Kampf copyright".

Anonymous, January 12, 2016 4:47 PM

Mein Kampf was never banned in Germany

PS. The book was never actually banned in Germany and 'private ownership and trade is allowed so long as it does not "promote hatred or war" ' and, indeed, "in 2008, Stephan Kramer, secretary-general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, not only recommended lifting the ban, but volunteered the help of his organization in editing and annotating the text, saying that it is time for the book to be made available to all online."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf#German_publication_history

It is much better to view this matter calmly and in the round, and not get too excited about it when we face far greater threats from elsewhere.

(18) gene s, January 11, 2016 8:03 PM

MeiKampf

Should be studied, academic opinions disseminated. Let's not put our heads in the sand as we did in 1938!!!!

(17) Dvirah, January 11, 2016 7:47 PM

Poison for the Mind

Just like a cigarette box must carry a warning that smoking is dangerous to one's physical health, I would allow publication but require a large, red-font warning that this book is dangerous to one's mental health.

(16) Jon, January 11, 2016 5:52 PM

Who would you trust to do the censoring?

Vos noch? Just this book? Who would compile the list of books for a world wide ban? What would the punishment be for violating the ban? Who would enforce the ban and the punishment? Would you be willing to have someone who resisted the punishment killed in a effort to enforce the punishment? Might it be better to sponsor a boycott than promote some form of censorship?

Joseph, January 11, 2016 10:41 PM

I agree with Jon

Once you forbid the reading of a book everyone once to read it.

Dvirah, January 12, 2016 8:59 PM

Reply to Jon & Joseph

1. Yes, there are other such books, and the question of who should decide is one that, if this idea was ever to be put into practice, would have to be addressed. Ideally, the relevant committee of a world organization would do it, but as you say, there is none we can trust.
2. No one said anything about forbidding the reading of this or any other book. It's just giving fair warning about what it can do to you - exactly analogous to the nicotine warning.

(15) Patrick Dempsey, January 11, 2016 5:23 PM

Let Mein Kampf be Read

I contend that with this particular tome, and though Wilde is intrinsically right, the content of this particular book, which proved with such an immoral and debased usage of words of hidden intentions, Hitler's Mein Kampf is as improper as it seems immoral. Hitler proved such a cantankerous individual, an intolerable soul and a vile personality that his control of words have proved so wrong, iniquitous and certainly sinful in any Religious context. Out of the words which conceptualised a chosen hatred for the Jewish People, words were made illegitimate. That assessment alone, of a books immoral content, fully made real the tenets of a Genocide we know is The Holocaust. With the Nazification of the literary word which could mean the destruction of Books that were alien to Hitler and his remorseless subversive agenda, words in Nazi Germany became subversive. Then, with the lighting of bonfires to consume the works of those whom Hitler disliked, had difficulty comprehending or plain and simply regarded as an opposing view to his own, all of these where recklessly consigned to the flames.

(14) Anonymous, January 11, 2016 12:23 PM

Reading Mein Kampf is no more likely to fuel anti-semitism than not reading it will induce broad mindedness. Better to read Hitler's irrational "logic" than to ignore the evil behind the holocaust.

Samuel Hollander, January 11, 2016 9:13 PM

...it's similar to saying of someone mortally hating you: he won't hate me even more, same as the rest won't love me any better whether they all have an explosive or they don't. So let's provide them all with an explosive and keep quiet...

(13) Steve, January 11, 2016 8:08 AM

Everthing is fair game then.

There is a great book out now by Prof. Michael Sandel of Harvard entitled "What Money Can't Buy" What would the reaction be if the Ku Klux Klan handbook was readily available on bookshelves? The PC crowd in the US tries to shut down speakers on college campuses if they don't like their positions. Unfortunately the bar keeps getting lowered

(12) Simcha, January 11, 2016 5:33 AM

In response!

Rabbi Salomon is absolutely right! G-d forbid it should be re-published. When I was in junior high school in the early 1970s in Baltimore, the school had very few Jewish students out of a school of 2,000 and was highly anti-Semitic by the student body, (I was verbally harassed until the principal intervened on my behalf) but not the staff who was on my side. In that school, we read ''The Diary of Anne Frank'' in English class. That is the book that should be taught from generation to generation, NOT G-d forbid ''Mein Kampf''.

Anonymous, January 12, 2016 4:57 PM

Contradictory?

Simcha, on the one hand you say Mein Kampf should not be published (on grounds it might increase antisemitism?), yet you admit that in your school the reading of Anne Frank's diaries did not prevent pupils' antisemitism...

Simcha, January 13, 2016 5:48 AM

In response to anonymous!

''The Diary of Anne Frank'' should be read due to the fact that it increases awareness of the Holocaust regardless of the fact whether it increases anti-Semitism or not. ''Mein Kampf'' is an EVIL book and anything as evil as that should NOT be published. Anti-Semitism is not the factor here.

Anonymous, January 16, 2016 11:23 PM

Disagree

Simcha (I was the previous Anonymous - I must have forgotten to put my Monniker in).
What you say now was not discernible in your original post. Even with this new comment I stand by my point. Plus, you seem to forget (or not know) that Mein Kampf has been available all the time. It is not even banned in the US, rightly so in my view. Al that has happened is that it has been republished in heavily annotated form in Germany. Is this not so much better than having unannotated versions around?

Please see my post no. 19 for more background.

(11) Mike, January 11, 2016 12:29 AM

The republication of Mein Kampf comes at a bad time. Currently there is great turmoil in Germany over the influx of hundreds of thousands of arab refugees. By allowing these people into Germany, the government has reawakened the xenophobic mindset that has lied dormant. The media is reporting hundreds of assaults against German women by muslim men and the hooligans are marching and demonstrating. The Germans may soon regret the reintroduction of this Nazi filth into the minds of their youth.

(10) Rafael, January 10, 2016 9:34 PM

We cannot be opposed to books

Everyone should read the actual words that Hitler wrote .You can only form a opinion about Mein Kampf if you know what it says ... Not what somebody tells you . Don't we wanna know what the German soldier from world war 1 was thinking before he rose to power in 1933? Read it on line .
Hilter didn't see himself as evil so how does he justify
himself ? Joshua committed the genocide of the Canaanites by Divine right so genocide under certain conditions is not wrong .
G-d has sent armies to punish and kill Jewish people so that also is not wrong .
Germany is currently taking in a lot of Middle Eastern refugees so does that in any way tie into the rerelease of this book?

(9) Anonymous, January 10, 2016 9:06 PM

you are correct: this is the downfall of the West

This twisted value of the West that says "give everyone a voice" give every ideology a voice lets talk about it. By giving this ideology a voice it has the same problem as giving extremist Islam and terrorists a forum to speak their vile hatred. This is not the way for humans to heal and bring reconciliation. Peace can never be through violence. And giving a platform either through political power educational roles or media voice to violent extremists or terrorist never works. The US did it in Iraq thinking they could give whole ministries to terror groups put the leaders of terror groups at the table to negotiate peace. and presto peace? no, civil discord. complete anarchy then do worse what Obama did and ignore the problem and release the terrorists=the rise of ISIS. What morons! But that was my experience working with the State Dept during the war 2003-2005 and seeing their idiotic ideas unfold to devastate a whole people. We should learn our lesson as the State of Israel not to follow the "wisdom" of the West ie the US State Dept but rather follow the wisdom of our Torah and the Great Righteous Rabbis of Israel.

(8) Gabriele Klein, January 10, 2016 7:19 PM

Sleeeper Effect considered?

.... I totaly agree with the Rabbi, and I may add additional reasons: Young people should never be forced to study rubbish in depth !! Even if it is annotated. I see here a serious violation of young peoples right to avoid information that is amoral and unacceptable (regardless of annotations ! ) The sleeper effect states that information, even if presented in a critical context will influence us........ Madeleine Chapsal the French novelist argued the same point.... Dwelling on cruelty has bad consequences even if it happesn ina critical context!. Also, it is totally insensitive, nay reckless with respect to former victims.

Sociologists know that it is a wll known technique of the extreme right to come up with absurdities just to get their agenda on the stage and discussed..... This insight too has not been considered !

Another question is: Even if those who published it were right, would it be sufficient reason to take away that taboo that so far suroundet that book?

Again, here the answer is NO ! This annotated version surely is not needed to educate against antisemitism. If this were so then Hitler and his work would be needed to make sure that the Holocaust won't happen a second time and that really is absurd. But if it is not really needed why not leaving it in in its taboe zone where it anyways rightly belongs.....

Rachel, January 10, 2016 11:56 PM

It's available to the general public

I would not want this or similar books in elementary schools. For that matter, I couldn't check out Shakespeare's plays from the library until I entered middle school. Some things are age inappropriate.

That said, I'm not sure why you think there is a "young people's right to avoid information that is immoral and unacceptable." If a parent or student has an objection, that should be handled individually. According to the Nazis, works by Jews, Slavs, and Africans were unfit. It's dangerous to allow a government to prohibit it's people from reading and knowing the truth.

(7) Gea, January 10, 2016 6:55 PM

Debunking Hitler

I am now reading Mein Kampf in German, as I want to see how sick Hitler was and what he planned for the Jews. I had also read equally vile Koran, Hadith and Sira (www.cspipublishing.com/pdfs/ATwoHourKOran.pdf) which explains why Muslim delusional Jews hatred is inceasing in the world, as Muslims are invading Western countries. I had read an annotated Croatian version of Protocols of the Elders of Zion, to see how such writings were used to organize pogroms in Russia and elsewhere... I had also read the Communist Manifesto both in Croatia and English... those aer basis writings of four totalitarian, supremacist and imperialist ideologies of which Islam ITSELF is the worst, because Islam also condones pedophilia, polygamy, rape,misogyny,, slavery, looting and mass murder, because Mohamed did all those vile things. Annotated copies of Main Kamf, which explains how Nazism Communism, fascism and Islam seduce ignorant mobs into frenzy of delusional Jew hatred is important to study to prevent further genocides and holocaust., which is looming over Israel, with Obama's appeasement of genocidal ayatollahs of Iran, and muslim conquest of Europe...

GKlein, January 10, 2016 7:29 PM

Germans were seduced?

."...MeinKamf, which explains how Nazism Communism, fascism and Islam seduce ignorant mobs into frenzy of delusional Jew hatred is important to study to prevent further genocides and holocaust.," To assume that just one Man and one book led to the Holocaust " seems to me totally wrong. I researched the topic for years . To educate on the topic the work of George Mosse is more apropriate than the annotated Mein Kampf..........

Rachel, January 10, 2016 7:43 PM

The Quran, like Torah, must be read with commentaries

According to fundamentalist Christians, Jews are also ok with polygamy, pedophilia, slavery, etc-- because they don't bother with commentaries, thinking that each person should read scripture for him or herself. The problem is that the written Torah does not explain matters that were either explained in the Oral Law.

So don't cite the Quran or just a single website about it. It's much more complicated than that. Of course there are those who use it to justify their own antisemitism, and they are wrong both textually and morally.

(6) Moshe Bumaguin, January 10, 2016 6:19 PM

Main kamp-Quran

Main kamp an quran are almost the same, both books should be compared to undesratnd beter the islam as well the nazism.


(5) Frank Adam, January 10, 2016 5:40 PM

Not the only publisher

One certain way of switching people off things that are not materially of immediate use is to give it to them in the conscript setting of school. This republication - with critical commentary - might be the first in Germany since 1945, but it is not the only one as copies and foreign translations survived and have even got onto the web; and the Saudis give out copies of the Tsarist forgery, "The Protocols [minutes] of the Elders of Zion," that partly inspired AH. I read a university library copy of a British translation in 1963 when reading my History Major. Even bowdlerised it was vacuous and silly. The quickest sharpest counter move is to point out that the Germans threw out 600k Jews and have imported 6 million Turks and other Moslems and a are no happier as a result. Further by attacking the USSR the Germans lost all the Eastern lands of Prussia and Silesia they had conquered and settled since the Middle Ages. Conclusion that by following a small minded, spiteful authoritarian, Germany suffered and lost badly -which most Germans would agree with.

Pat, January 10, 2016 6:11 PM

Wish I'd said that!

...the conscript setting of school. You hit the nail on the head. Situations like this have to be dealt with intelligently, NOT emotionally. Thanks.

Anonymous, January 10, 2016 7:39 PM

Nazism was much more than just "having been mislead..."

.... it was not just a matter one one book. seducing people ..... preaching that is mystifying what went actually on....
...The Holocaust in my oopinionwas the result of a longstanding interaction between ideology (eugenics), and social institions like the family in a society that had its own castes since the middle ages.
In a nutshell one could argue both: sociologically and theologically that the holocaust was the consequence of total disregard of the 1st commandment

(4) PatZ, January 10, 2016 5:04 PM

I'm not sure.

Although I certainly agree in principle with your comments, I also am very aware of that part of human nature which makes people desire whatever they can't have. I do NOT believe this vile book should be studied in schools where impressionable, and often rebellious, young minds can absorb it. However, I tend to dislike book banning in general if only for the interest it provokes in people who otherwise would simply ignore the banned book. And Mein Kampf is a perfect example. Have any readers actually tried to read this book? Apparently it's a sellout now in the UK. However, I had a copy of it several years ago, and I have to tell you that even its translator referred to Hitler's writing as "sententious bombast." So I can't even begin to imagine the average Englishman or women reading this "style" of writing for fun. Hitler's sentences ramble on forever as well as his thoughts. If it weren't for the subject matter (and it's author), nobody would bother to read it. His writing style, aside from being almost impossible to wade through, is utterly BORING. In fact, I'll bet the average purchaser won't even manage to get beyond the first chapter. Thus I fear that the more fuss people make over it, the more people will be dying to read it. And obviously that's not a good thing. I guess it's a matter of choosing between two evils, and deciding which one will do the least damage. Perhaps we will appear weak and overly defensive if we make too much fuss about it. The following will likely offend many sensibilities, but perhaps Jews the world over should become a bit more arrogant and express open contempt toward those who embrace such literature. What would Netanyahu say!!! Israelis don't seem to have the same thin skins that American and European Jews do. Frankly, they appear far more assertive. Replace fear with anger. Maybe we should take a lesson from them. Just something to think about!

Anonymous, January 10, 2016 7:57 PM

The marketplace of ideas

The US Constitution guarantees our right to read, write, publish, and possess political speech, no matter how distasteful. If someone tells you something antisemitism, I think that in most circles, being able to refute by saying "I read that too, in MEin Kampf", would be the surest rebuttal of the idea! I wouldn't want it permanently in my home, but I would expect it to be available at my local public library. And let's not assume that reading something horrific is the same as embracing it. Another American idea is that the cure for offensive political speech is MORE speech.

(3) Rachel, January 10, 2016 4:43 PM

Of course it shoul be available

A book that led to a system which plunged the world into war, resulting in tens of millions of deaths and changes in weaponry, tactics, the laws of war, and the redrawing of national boundaries, all of which are still affecting us today??

OF COURSE it should be available. Those who do not learn nor understand history are doomed to repeat it.

I read sections In translation of MEin Kampf and Das Kapital while still in high school in the 70's because I wanted to better understand the ideologies that led to both Naziism and Communism. I also read sections of The Wealth of Nations. Frankly, all are so dense and dull that I can't imagine anyone reading them who lacks serious interest in historic research. My personal library also contains the King James Bible and the Quran. Every serious adult should have access to important historical books and records.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

(2) Anonymous, January 10, 2016 4:33 PM

2 other thoughts:

One thing that I recently saw on French TV news - and this was not often stated: The annotations often cite the errors in Hitler's texts and accusations. (most announcements just state that this is an "annotated" edition) So perhaps this particular edition could lead Thinking People to better understand how misguided he was.
On the other hand - as it is my personal experience that most people tend to see/hear what they want to....it could also be true then that making this book easily available could just make it easier for "unbalanced" people to find the phrases or info's (even if they're false) that they require to increase their beliefs that they're right in being anti-semitic.
Conclusion: If the book does have to come out - could it just be limited to academic institutions or scholars of history??
Affaire a suivre...

(1) Rebecca, January 10, 2016 11:36 AM

I agree

There is a real danger that publishing and studying Hitler's book will acedemicize this. There is a kind of perverse sterilization of things that often happens when they are studied academically, perhaps because the academic studies are so often purged of any recognition of morality. It could very well happen that this new publishing and proposed study of this book will result in academics who try to justify Hilter, Naziism, and the holocaust. I once heard a Christian mathematician say that in atheism there is nothing that can't be justified. As our academic, governmental and social institutions become more and more atheistic, I think we will see more and more horrific things being justified by the people who run our schools, universities and government, and that is a terrible thought.

 

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