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Soul-searching in Germany over printing of new edition of Hitler's Mein Kampf

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By Seamus Kearney
Soul-searching in Germany over printing of new edition of Hitler's Mein Kampf

<p>There’s soul-searching in Germany over the printing of a new edition of Hitler’s Nazi manifesto, which has not been in publication since the Second World War. </p> <p>A critical, annotated edition of Mein Kampf is coming out after its copyright held by the State of Bavaria expires. </p> <p>Some say the work should be banned outright; others say it should be read so it’s seen for what it is.</p> <p>Serdar Somoncu, an entertainer who’s spoken out in favour of publication, said: “I’m convinced that no one will be led down the wrong path by reading Mein Kampf. </p> <p>“On the contrary, if he was already on the wrong path, he would be clearly put off by the ideology that’s in the book.”</p> <p>Teachers groups in Germany have also said the book should be studied – albeit in a critical way – to the horror of those who survived Nazi atrocities. </p> <p>Esther Bejarano, a survivor from the Auschwitz concentration camp, said: “I find this really really awful. I’m absolutely lost for words. </p> <p>“I never dreamed that such a thing would come back.”</p> <p>The debate comes as a politician from the far-right National Democratic Party was given a suspended six-month sentence for inciting hatred. </p> <p>The man was photographed in a public swimming pool with a tattoo on his back of what appeared to be a concentration camp and a slogan used by the Nazis.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">German teachers call for Mein Kampf to be put back on the syllabus <a href="https://t.co/kYYkjmjlZB">https://t.co/kYYkjmjlZB</a> <a href="https://t.co/pq02sOBAvN">pic.twitter.com/pq02sOBAvN</a></p>— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/TelegraphNews/status/678932976080588803">December 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">German teachers and politicians want 'Mein Kampf' to be included in school curriculum <a href="https://t.co/iz5JM6NkAL">https://t.co/iz5JM6NkAL</a> <a href="https://t.co/QQgv1PCqpZ">pic.twitter.com/QQgv1PCqpZ</a></p>— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) <a href="https://twitter.com/haaretzcom/status/678526520868995072">December 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How booksellers will deal with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MeinKampf?src=hash">#MeinKampf</a> <a href="https://t.co/qzVQ4802Ks">https://t.co/qzVQ4802Ks</a> <a href="https://t.co/B7p84zgV1e">pic.twitter.com/B7p84zgV1e</a></p>— dwnews (@dwnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/677796959592144896">December 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hitler's Mein Kampf to be sold in Germany after copyright expiry. <a href="https://twitter.com/tomsteinfort"><code>tomsteinfort</a> <a href="https://t.co/uPjuHwvmLd">https://t.co/uPjuHwvmLd</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9News?src=hash">#9News</a> <a href="https://t.co/idq0283ozZ">pic.twitter.com/idq0283ozZ</a></p>&mdash; Nine News Australia (</code>9NewsAUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/9NewsAUS/status/678495745851465728">December 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>