Censored by Mandatory Annotation…Hitler’s Mein Kampf has become an internet best seller, causing a few alarm bells to ring

Posted: 17 January, 2014 in Book Censorship
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Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf has becoming an exceedingly successful international e-book bestseller.  Originally published in 1925, the Nazi ideology has become a bona fide online sensation, writes Fox News , topping Amazon’s Propaganda & Political Psychology section.Chris Faraone of Vocativ.com wrote that for about a year now, Hitler’s book has been on the list of best-sellers on iTunes, where and that currently two different digital versions of the book rank 12th and 15th on the Politics & Current Events chart.

In January 2013, a 99 cent Kindle version began to do well among World War II books and Historical Biographies & Memoirs. Its publisher, a California company called Elite Minds Inc.,told Vocativ , Sales are great, but noted that he faces a moral dilemma in promotion in that he fears advocating something that could be misused.

Vocativ speculated that Mein Kampf’s popularity on the Internet is connected to the anonymous nature of e-purchases, and to curiosity. I think I waited 45 years to read Hitler’s words, writes one reviewer. Another sums it up thusly: Curiosity killed me to get this book.

Since showing up in Asia 15 years ago, Mein Kampf has sold in excess of 100,000 copies in India. In 2005, the debut of the first-ever Turkish translation sold 100,000 copies in the first two months.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, thinks online sellers should only sell annotated versions of the book. We know that the facts of life are that you cannot censor any idea from the Internet, it’s simply impossible, Cooper told FoxNews.com . But an annotated version is important for someone who doesn’t know the context of the time and so that they’re not reading pure genocidal hate.

The glorification of Hitler, Cooper claims, is being seen among Muslims and Arabs in the Netherlands, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, Japan, India and South Korea.

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