Germany Publishes "Mein Kampf"

Friday, May 18, 2012


On January 1, 2016 one of the most infamous books of the 20th century, Mein Kampf, will go into the public domain and will be published in Germany for the first time in 70 years. German media professor Nikolaus Peifer explains to Bob how Germans are trying to manage and contextualize the book’s release in order to minimalize its impact.


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Ok so i saw the date listed above and was confused. Isn't this the same book in pdf for out already?

Sep. 28 2013 12:11 AM
Ian from Long Island

Unfortunately, I feel like I must address Jen's comment. The comment that there were many high ranking Jews in Hitler's administration is false. Any living Jew who could not leave and was not killed immediately was destined to be murdered. Hitler was not "half-Jewish." There is some evidence of a distant Jewish ancestor; it's discussed in books like The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Alfred Rosenberg was not Jewish and was not born Jewish. The final solution didn't mean emigration; it meant murder. Jews couldn't emigrate after Wansee. Jen's understanding of this history appears to come from crackpot "revisionist historians." Reading some of the many standard histories and memoirs of this period (Dawidowicz, Browning, Bullock, Shirer, Klemperer) would be helpful.

There is no value in a philosophy based on mass murder and racial supremacy, but reading Mein Kampf might be useful for understanding its historical aftermath. In any case, banning the book is pointless; it can be read on the internet. For better or worse, hate speech has never and will likely never be banned in the U.S., and an abundance of revisionist "historians" will exploit this.

Jul. 25 2012 10:49 PM
jen from new york

I agree with Jove. I picked up the book in 2006 for the first time and found it very interesting. Many in America backed Hitler during his rise and we ought not to overlook the fact that there were many high ranking Jews in Hitler’s administration. This period and racial dynamic need to approached objectively and viewed from all sides, including Hitler’s in order to fully understand what happened and how it happened. Of course Hitler was anti-Semetic, and it’s said he was half-Jewish, and what about the Jews, like Alfred Rosenberg who wrote the Nazi manual. If history has judged Hitler as the worst monster in 20th century, then we need know what push him over the edge and what better way for the public to judge a man than to read for self what he had to say. He is a historical figure and his religious, political, economic and foreign policy ought to be debated. It silly to push Mein Kamp under the rug and pretend it does not exist. He wrote it while in prison and we ought to interpret the book for ourselves rather than have it summarized by others for us and be told we shouldn’t read it because its hate speech.

I also read two more interesting books that shed light on race policy that is said to have benefitted Zionism as well as pointing out that the final solution meant immigration, entitled, "Adolf Hitler Begrunder Israels (Adolf Hitler The Founder Of Israel)1974' by Kardel and in "Before Hitler Came,", 1975 by Dietrich Bronder.

May. 22 2012 11:45 PM
Jove from Portland, OR

It would have been nice if On The Media had chosen to interview someone about this that had actually read the book. The host and his guest referred to the book as boring and unreadable (based on what it's hard to tell). It was also implied that the book was of questionable historical importance. Having read the book, I found it to be none of those things. For those with an interest in German history of the 1920s, and Hitler's subsequent rise to power, Mein Kampf is quite fascinating at times. I say this as an Atheist who would likely have run afoul of the NAZI party had I been living in Germany at the time, and I'm certainly no fan of Hitler. However, I feel that what he had to say was of historical importance, and no amount of political correctness will change that.

May. 21 2012 11:59 PM

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