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JPost.com Middle East Article

Mar. 18, 2005 21:48 | Updated Mar. 18, 2005 21:49
'Mein Kampf' becomes a bestseller in Turkey


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.
Interesting 18.Mar.2005 17:28


I remember in the late 50's that Mein Kampf was pretty popular reading. Paperback versions were all in drugstores and groceries. I think there were a lot of people trying to figure out just what happened and what Hitler was all about.

I was just a kid and tried to read some of it and put it back on the shelf thinking, read it later. There was no stigma attached to reading it. That was just considered normal curiousity. If you were reading Karl Marx, well that was a different story.

BTW, google for "Mein Kampf etext" without quotes and you can find it on the web, probably in violation of all manner of copyrights. And this search will take you to some interesting places