Humanities & Social Sciences
Sale of Mein Kampf
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Date: August 10, 1999
Upon receipt of Susanna Hicks'
reference to the New York Times article of 9
August ref. the (misleadingly titled) article
concerning the internet sale of "Mein Kampf" and
the reactions of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, I
immediately logged on to the article to see what
it was all about.
I have this to say. Are the people at the
Simon Wiesenthal Centre completely off their
heads in trying to block the internet sale of
"Mein Kampf" to would-be German purchasers? Not
only is the book a key historical document, but
yet again - or should it be, "here we go again"?
- their actions raise the question of
censorship. Admittedly, of course, the German
authorities are equally to blame in banning the
distribution of the book in Germany, especially
through home-grown booksellers. On the other
hand, of course, nobody can stop any German from
reading this important and key text in the
comfort of a local or university library.
The whole thing strikes me as a total
nonsense, especially since it is quite insulting
to present-day Germans to try to "limit" their
reading in case they are seduced by what Hitler
had to say.
Something else about the Simon Wiesenthal
Centre's actions greatly worries me. Will they
next get it into their heads to try to "ban" the
sale and even the reading of this historical
text elsewhere in the world? Really, enough is
enough of this "nanny-like" posturing.
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