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Court Keeps Hitler Work from Newsstands

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Court Keeps Hitler Work from Newsstands

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The controversy surrounding the attempted publication of "Mein Kampf" is the latest round in an ideological clash over whether modern Germany can cope with the work that sowed the seeds for the Holocaust.

The German authorities on Wednesday won their most recent victory in a continuing battle to prevent circulation of Hitler's seminal work in Germany when a Bavarian court ruled that a British publisher could not release annotated excerpts of "Mein Kampf."

The publisher, Peter McGee, had planned to provide German newsstands with 100,000 annotated copies of important passages from the book on Thursday as part of a wider project to print historical publications from the Nazi era.

But the state court, in Munich, ruled that publication even of citations from the book violated the copyright, held by the State of Bavaria until 2015.

Earlier Wednesday, anticipating the ruling, Mr. McGee, based in London, said he would delay release of the excerpts.

The controversy surrounding the attempted publication of "Mein Kampf" is the latest round in an ideological clash over whether modern Germany can cope with the work that sowed the seeds for the Holocaust.

This week, the government released the results of a two-year- long study showing that one in five Germans still harbored anti- Semitic beliefs. This, despite decades spent educating schoolchildren about Judaism and the importance of tolerance, and a firm rejection of anti-Semitism by the governing political establishment.

"Despite many programs and ongoing efforts to combat it, it is amazing how difficult it is to change beliefs about this issue," said Aycan Demirel, who heads an organization in Berlin that fights the spread of anti-Semitism among Germany's immigrant youth.

But Mr. McGee, who had sought to publish the excerpts from "Mein Kampf" in his weekly magazine, Zeitungszeugen, contends that the work enjoys a "mythical reputation and an unjustified meaning because it has been hidden, forbidden and banned. …

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