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Mar. 18, 2005 21:48 | Updated Mar. 18, 2005 21:49
'Mein Kampf' becomes a bestseller in Turkey
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
New paperback versions of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" have suddenly become bestsellers in Turkey, raising questions about whether the sales reflect growing anti-Semitism and anti-American sentiment in this Muslim country, or if it's just curiosity and a cheap read.
The books were printed without the permission of the Finance Ministry of the German state of Bavaria, which handles the book's copyright. The ministry said Friday that it had asked Germany's federal Foreign Ministry to instruct diplomats in Turkey to investigate possible lawsuits in an attempt to prevent the continued publication of the books.
Hitler wrote "Mein Kampf", or "My Struggle," in the 1920s, filling it with anti-Semitic diatribes and his strategy for world domination.
Tens of thousands of copies of the book have sold in Turkey in recent months since at least two cheap paperback versions were released.