Publisher Scraps Plans To Sell Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' At German Newsstands

Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf," where he lays out his Aryan ideology, remains taboo in Germany. A British publisher's plans to sell excerpts of the book at German newsstands was scuttled at the last minute after legal thre

A German edition of Mein Kampf in a Nuremberg museum (dccarbone)
A German edition of Mein Kampf in a Nuremberg museum (dccarbone)


BERLIN - Excerpts of Hitler‘s "Mein Kampf," which were set to be sold in newsstands across Germany for the first time since the end of World War II, have been pulled at the 11th hour after legal threats by the state of Bavaria, which owns the book's copyright.

British publisher Peter McGee had planned on Thursday to release parts of the still taboo book in a series of 15-page, German-language inserts with the historical magazine Zeitungszeugen, along with accompanying commentary. But Mcgee said Wednesday he would publish just the commentary after legal pressure from the Bavarian Ministry of Finance, which, since the late 1940s, has held the rights to Hitler's writings and those of other Nazi leaders like Joseph Goebbels.

Bavaria also holds the rights to works published by Franz Eher Nachfolger, the Nazi party's publisher, after U.S. occupation forces passed on to the Ministry the task of ensuring that Nazi propaganda was not disseminated in Germany. It is still illegal in Germany to spread Nazi ideology, or display swastikas or make the stiff-armed Nazi salute.

Several generations of legal experts at the Ministry have been on the case ever since, but their job has recently seemed less relevant. Because what was appropriate in the 1950s and 1960s has become, especially since the upswing in research on the Nazis that started in the 1970s, little more than an irritation. In fact, with its blind determination to carry out its task, the Ministry has been responsible for Hitler's pamphlet, a badly written and confused tract, acquiring the mystique of a "forbidden book."

Still Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors had expressed outrage at McGee's plans for widespread sale of the excerpts, which he said was aimed at demystifying the crude text. There are already two books on the German market, by Werner Maser and Christian Zentner respectively, containing excerpts of "Mein Kampf" with commentary. The Zentner book is in its 21st edition.

Meanwhile, the entire text of "Mein Kampf" is actually freely available – without commentary, since it's usually to be found on extremist right-wing sites – on the Internet. What is missing is a comprehensive edition for academics, and a complete edition with commentary aimed at the wider public. Germany's Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ), one of the most respected institutions in the world for its research into the Nazi era, is preparing a philological edition of "Mein Kampf" for late 2015 when all copyrights expire.

Read the full story in German by Sven Felix Kellerhoff

Photo – dccarbone

*Newsbites are digest items, not direct translations

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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