German Jewish writer: end ban on Mein Kampf

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berlin (ap) | Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf’ — long banned in Germany — should be made available to the public, a well-known German Jewish writer said Thursday, March 11.

Rafael Seligmann, speaking at a presentation of his new biography of the former dictator, “Hitler: The Germans and their Fuehrer,’ said nearly 60 years after the end of World War II Germans are mature enough to deal with the book and should give themselves more credit.

“We stand here as the idiots of history with our inferiority complex,’ he said.

Hitler dictated “Mein Kampf,’ or “My Struggle’ to deputy Rudolf Hess while serving time in prison in the early 1920s after staging a failed coup. The book, which details his anti-Semitic and other beliefs, is banned from public display or sale under German law but can be read in public for scholarly, scientific or journalistic purposes.

Seligmann said it also no longer makes sense to ban the book in Germany, especially since it is available on the Internet and has even been translated into Hebrew.