January 18th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

Jewish groups split over reprinting of 'Mein Kampf' excerpts in Germany

By Christopher Cottrell, CNN

BERLIN (CNN) -Jewish groups in Germany and abroad are divided about a British publishing house's intentions to print excerpts of Adolf Hitler's infamous manifesto "Mein Kampf."

Slated to hit the shelves in Germany January 26, it will be the first time that any parts of the book have been reprinted in a newspaper or magazine in that country since the end of World War II.

Alexander Luckow, an adviser to British publisher Peter McGee - the man behind the magazine that will print the excerpts - said the former German dictator's writings would appear directly adjacent to commentaries from renowned historians to ensure that the passages are viewed in context.

"We're convinced that what we're doing is protected under citation laws," Luckow told CNN. "These laws permit citation of 'Mein Kampf,' especially when it is accompanied by historical commentary like we're doing."

Luckow said the weekly Zeitungszeugen magazine - a play on the German words for newspaper and witness - plans to publish three 15-page extracts as supplemental inserts.

According to Israel's Jerusalem Post, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, said Tuesday it was preferable for Germans to read annotated excerpts of Hitler's writings in an academic context rather than accessing the unfiltered material online.

"I can truly do without the publication of this hate-filled book that is saturated with anti-Semitism to the core," Graumann told the paper. "(But) if one must actually read it, then it's better in the framework of a critical commentary."

While some historians expressed few qualms with the announcement that parts of the book would be reprinted in Germany, a group representing Holocaust survivors and their families is questioning the value of publishing the excerpts.

"We want to make clear that there is nothing altruistic in the motivation of this publisher," said Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendents. "He's out to make a profit."

"There is a reason that the public display of the swastika is illegal in Germany," Steinberg added. "For these same historic and moral reasons, it is offensive to think that kiosks in Berlin will again - 70 years after the end of that evil regime - be selling Hitler's 'Mein Kampf.'"

Hitler wrote the book from prison after his failed Beer Hall Putsch of 1923, outlining his anti-Semitic ideology.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no law in Germany forbidding the publishing of "Mein Kampf," but the Bavarian state government - which owns the publishing copyright - has always blocked reprints.

These rights, however, are set to expire in 2015, which will then allow anyone to publish the entire volume or excerpts. The Institute for Contemporary History in Munich is already preparing a scholarly edition of the book set to come out that year, according to Dr. Edith Raim, who is working on the project.

"There's no reason to prolong the inevitable," Luckow said of McGee's decision to publish the excerpts this month.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. bookfreeder

    "There is only one holiest human right, and this right is at the same time the holiest obligation, to wit: to see to it that the blood is preserved pure and, by preserving the best humanity, to create the possibility of a nobler development of these beings.
    A folkish state must therefore begin by raising marriage from the level of a continuous defilement of the race, and give it the consecration of an institution which is called upon to produce images of the Lord and not monstrosities halfway between man and ape."

    -Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

    (Hitler's concept of holy blood comes right out of the Bible. The Bronze-Age Bible authors thought that the spirit of life consisted of blood. (See Leviticus 17:11, 14). In the New Testament, God made of one blood all nations of men..." (See Acts 17:24-26). The Biblical Paul saw himself as "pure from the blood of all men." (Acts 20:26). Hitler here sees blood (life) preservation as a holy right to produce images of the Lord. This clearly forms a religious justification for racial purity and contradicts any notion of Darwinism.)

    January 19, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Ironicus

      Racism does not require "Darwinism" but only ignorance, hate, and a fanatical devotion to the Pope.
      No one expected the Spanish Inquisition did they~! Aha!

      January 19, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Maximus Erectus

      Ironicus Idioticus likes big D!CKS in his mouth and at the same time getting a hard assSlammin by some local nig gers.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Ironicus

      I see I "hurted" the feelings of a racist neo-nazi scum.


      January 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Infernor


      I do not agree with you. I think it is really easy to think misery is based on ignorance and hate, but it often money and power which drives people to commit the worst of acts (US). But you also make a solid point:

      January 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  2. bookfreeder

    "Peoples which bastardize themselves, or let themselves be bastardized, sin against the will of eternal Providence..."

    -Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

    January 19, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  3. bookfreeder

    "the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew."
    -Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

    (The idea of the devil and the Jew came out of medieval anti-Jewish beliefs based on interpretations from the Bible. Martin Luther, and teachers after him, continued this "tradition" up until the 20th century.)

    January 19, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  4. bookfreeder

    "The best characterization is provided by the product of this religious education, the Jew himself. His life is only of this world, and his spirit is inwardly as alien to true Christianity as his nature two thousand years previous was to the great founder of the new doctrine. Of course, the latter made no secret of his attitude toward the Jewish people, and when necessary he even took the whip to drive from the temple of the Lord this adversary of all humanity, who then as always saw in religion nothing but an instrument for his business existence. In return, Christ was nailed to the cross, while our present-day party Christians debase themselves to begging for Jewish votes at elections and later try to arrange political swindles with atheistic Jewish parties– and this against their own nation."
    -Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

    January 19, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  5. bookfreeder

    "The result of all racial crossing is therefore in brief always the following:
    (a) Lowering of the level of the higher race;
    (b) Physical and intellectual regression and hence the beginning of a slowly but surely progressing sickness.
    To bring about such a development is, then, nothing else but to sin against the will of the eternal creator. And as a sin this act is rewarded."
    -Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

    January 19, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • olive

      Hitler was such a powerful speaker. I can only imagine his bedroom dominance. My how I would have loved to have sucked his D!CK or better yet bend over for a long hard ButtSlamming.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  6. bookfreeder

    "As long as leadership from above was not lacking, the people fulfilled their duty and obligation overwhelmingly. Whether Protestant pastor or Catholic priest, both together and particularly at the first flare, there really existed in both camps but a single holy German Reich, for whose existence and future each man turned to his own heaven."
    -Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

    January 19, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Ironicus

      Notice it's the "Holy German Reich" and not the "Atheistic German Reich" for all you disgusting idiots who keep trying to pretend that Hitler wasn't a Christian like yourselves.

      You cannot hide from the truth.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  7. Doc Vestibule

    If Mein Kampf is banned, what other information will the people be denied?
    Machiavelli's "The Prince"?
    Sun Tzu's "Art of War"?
    Salmon Rushdie's "Satanic Verses"?

    January 19, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Germany bans all Nazi related publications in an effort to distance themselves from their past, feeling it would incite people to violence, either by those who would follow Nazi practices or those who would oppose those who follow Nazi practices. This is the literary equivalent of if we had American Civil War reenactors, but no one was allowed to take the part of the Confederate troops. You cannot deny the facts of your own history, nor can you deny legitimate scholars the right to study those elements that are questionable. After all, the Holy Office of the Propagation of Faith (i.e. THE Inquisition) does allow study of questionable Church History without declaring those who study it Heretics.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I lived on the outskirts of Stuttgart (Vahingen) in the early nineties and can tell you that as much as they'd like to forget, the neo-nazi movement is very much alive.
      Every so often, there would be Auslanders Raus rallys where hundreds of people would declare that they wanted to keep Germany for Germans.
      I tended to stay home on those days.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • Lil Wayne has the HIV but thats still underwraps.

      Next they will ban toilet paper. Germans hate to wipe and enjoy buttCrust.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Auslander

      "Keep Germany for Germans" is a pitiful appeal from a people who once wanted to rule all of Europe.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • bookfreeder

      I certainly would not include "Mein Kampf" with those other books you listed, as they are not the same sort of book at all.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • Ironicus

      Most war is based on deception, as is most politics and most religion, thus your list might include the lies within "MeinKampf" but those other authors were being rather more honest and not propagandists like Hitler, so why not keep things around as reference yet have counter-arguments ready for anything we don't agree with?
      That's what the Vatican has done. They do not let outsiders view the truly vile beginnings of the Church but only use it as inspiration within their own ranks.
      There are some Nazis still living and working for the Catholic Church even today. They are pretty old, though.
      What should we do to Nazis? I think we should toss the incorrigible ones into a lime-pit, but others might not agree.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Bill

      Germany is a special case. The polcies of the Nazi Party lead directly to the destruction of their country, so they can be forgiven if they want to limit the publication of Nazi propaganda. That being said, they are not hiding from their history. High school kids have to spend several months studying WWII and the Holocaust in an effort to learn from that experience so it doesn't happen again.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  8. Abdullah the Butcher

    What are jewish kids favorite toy? The Easy Bake Oven.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Jon

      Hey you must have had a sad, abusive, uneducated childhood to spew such hate!!!

      January 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • AWOL Dubya

      Wouldn't that make more 'sense' if it were a German kids favorite toy?

      January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Elena

      How many Jews can you fit into a Volkswagon?

      2 in the front, 2 in the back, and 18 in the ash tray.

      January 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  9. Smells like Frances Bean has been takin a dump.

    I read Mein Kampf and enjoyed it, immensely.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      I have read Mein Kampf, too, and came to the conclusion that Adolf Hitler was a brilliant, but extremely troubled, individual who intensely wished to distance himself from his questionable family tree, all in the hopes of appearing to conform to the Aryan Image that had dominated the German psyche since the operas of Wagner were written.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • Ironicus

      So the pages are sticking together? Say no more, say no more..

      January 19, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  10. Hey, its Michael Bolton. Remember me?

    Phuckin jews. I will travel to Germany and sing Mein Kampf to these phuckin jews.

    January 19, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • landed

      what key do you sing it in? The key of I for I am an idiot troll?

      January 19, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  11. landed

    Now that nearly 70 years have passed since their most recent attempt, the world can go on with their "God given right" to persecute and exterminate the Jews. This has been a typical European-Christian pattern since the first century. Atheists are the only truly free and humane people. Religion and faith breeds jealousy and insecurity.

    January 19, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • bigot

      "Atheists are the only truly free and humane people."

      WOW not only stupid but patiently false. Try again.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Pray today

    January 19, 2012 at 4:56 am |
    • bobcat

      prayer is a sin just like claiming the divinity of any being other than the ONE god.

      January 19, 2012 at 5:24 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Both of you are purely delusional...prayer has never been proven to work and no god has ever been proven to exist.

      January 19, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I heard you praying the other day that your H B O spe-cial didn't get cancelled. After all, how much did you ti-the every month to keep their chan-nels in operation?


      January 19, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      One more time!!
      Prayer does indeed seem to change things – for the worse.
      The John Templeton Foundation funded a 10 year, $2.4 million dollar study involving 1,800 cardiac patients to measure the effectiveness of intecessory prayer.
      The patients were broken into three groups. Two were prayed for; the third was not. Half the patients who received the prayers were told that they were being prayed for; half were told that they might or might not receive prayers.
      Analyzing complications in the 30 days after the operations, the researchers found no differences between those patients who were prayed for and those who were not.
      Over the longer term, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a higher rate of post-operative complications like abnormal heart rhythms, perhaps because of the expectations the prayers created, the researchers suggested.
      A 1997 study at the University of New Mexico, involving 40 alcoholics in rehabilitation, found that the men and women who knew they were being prayed for actually fared worse.

      January 19, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  13. Four Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice

    You can find it online at the Gutenberg Project, if you can stand it. Tthe Communist Manifesto is there to bore you into submission as well.

    Here is some much better writing, by Edgar Allan Poe:


    Maybe some Sherlock Holmes:


    There is lots of great reading online. Why bother with political freaks like Hitler?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Or bother with crap like The Babble!

      January 19, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  14. Four Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice

    Yoou can find it online at the Gutenberg Project, if you can stand it. Tthe Communist Manifesto is there to bore you into submission as well.

    Here is some much better writing, by Edgar Allan Poe:


    Maybe some Sherlock Holmes:


    There is lots of great reading online. Why bother with political freaks like Hitler?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  15. john

    aitheists books dont belong anywhere in the world because they are like a virus that arent good for anything they infect everything good the germans need bibles

    January 19, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • john Shows Us Why A Toilet Is Called A "John"

      words fling you badly strangely flop around make no sense no capitals no punctuation no sense

      January 19, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • D

      Funny, cause hitler was a christian....

      January 19, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • An inconvenient truth

      Hitler was not a Christian.The only thing funny is that atheist types keep trying to show Hitler as anything but the ultimate atheist he was.He was his own god, the fuhrer of national socialism.

      January 19, 2012 at 4:55 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @john: What is aitheist? Does the red squiggly line under a word mean nothing to you? If you meant Atheist, what books do we have? Unlike christards we don't require a book, such as a buybull, to tell us how to live good, productive, happy lives.
      The book this article is referring to has to do with a christard, not an Atheist. Hitler was a christard who had denounced his catholic upbringing but not his christard ways.

      January 19, 2012 at 6:55 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Your mini-god B. Maher, was raised a Christian too. Denounced Jesus so he can make a buck babbling.


      January 19, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Mein Kampf is full of references to Christianity.
      What Hitler's personal faith was, nobody can rightly say.
      What we know for a fact is that he publically proclaimed his Christian faith and managed to mobilize a predominantly catholic populace into a devastating, genocidal army.
      "I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so."
      – Adolf Hitler, to General Gerhard Engel, 1941

      His vision of Christ was not the meek and mild image normally associated with the Son of God.
      "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. ...Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross."
      – Adolf Hitler, speech on April 12, 1922

      The Third Reich was not an atheistic regime. Nazi uniform belt buckles were emblazoned with the phrase "Gott mit uns" – God is With Us.

      January 19, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • The sad truth

      Hitler was an atheist.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      @ the sad truth
      Did you not read the previous responses? There's proof suggesting he was a Christian, or at the very least catholic. Where's your proof suggesting he was an atheist?

      January 19, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @HeavenSent: The fact is that Bill Maher eventually rejected theism completely, Hitler didn't. As a matter of fact most Atheist's were at one point theists and came to the realization that there is no evidence of a god and so we rejected him. Lack of an education on your behalf does not consti.tute an emergency on our behalf. Btw: Not one of us consider Bill a mini-god but it tends to make sense given that we can prove he is real, unlike the god you believe in.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @The sad truth
      "We have undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out".
      The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, Oxford University Press, 1942

      January 19, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • HeavenSent

      TruthPrevails, you posted "@HeavenSent: The fact is that Bill Maher eventually rejected theism completely, Hitler didn't. As a matter of fact most Atheist's were at one point theists and came to the realization that there is no evidence of a god and so we rejected him. Lack of an education on your behalf does not consti.tute an emergency on our behalf. Btw: Not one of us consider Bill a mini-god but it tends to make sense given that we can prove he is real, unlike the god you believe in."

      Answer: You, like Bill bash Jesus' truth, just so you can have a voice. Tiny voices, sad but true. As for education Prevails, education doesn't make you wise or, in your case, obtain common sense since you believe you need to bash Christians and want to believe that none of us earned degrees. Regarding Hitler, he's linked to worshiping satan while hooked on prescription drugs. As for disproving Jesus, all you atheists do is whine and complain about His wisdom, proving His truth that fools hate wisdom, lack of wisdom can never disprove Jesus' existence just because you want life your way by stealing His truth, renaming it, and calling it your own.


      January 19, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  16. Mittardus Romneveris

    I like eggs.

    January 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  17. Gott Mit Uns

    Mein Kampf and the Bible have so much in common: All the believers of either had a copy and talked in glowing terms of it's glorioous insights, but most never actually read it. And both are astoundingly badly written.

    January 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Mein Kampf is indeed poorly written.
      Hitler tried hard to sound scholarly and grandiose, but really just came off as a rambling, pompous windbag.
      I strongly disagree with your opinion of the Bible.
      As a piece of literature, the King James Bible is amazingly well written.
      There had never been a committee like the one created to publish that tome!
      The King dictated that the language had to be accessible so the book could be understood by everyone.
      There's a reason the KVJ remains the most popular translation of teh Bible...

      January 19, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  18. lol

    It's kinda funny that the Bible has 100x more hatred for "the Other" in it than does Mein Kampf.
    When your holy book has more hate in it than something written by Adolf Hitler, you might want to take a step back and rethink things for a bit.....

    January 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      LOL, Jesus truth is about life and the hereafter. What part of His truth pertaining to evil ruffles your feathers and why would you not want evil exposed?


      January 19, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • bigot

      "LOL, Jesus truth is about life and the hereafter. What part of His truth pertaining to evil ruffles your feathers and why would you not want evil exposed?"

      The ra....ping of women
      Ki..ll..ing of women
      Be...ating of children
      Ki....ling of children
      Disc...rimina..tion against ga..ys.
      The pillaging of civilizations

      Your god endorses all of these evil, vile things, yet you continue believe that god is totally good. See, I believe that a god that supposedly endorses love would not endorse those evil things, unless he was evil.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • HeavenSent

      bigot, Jesus teaches subject, article and outcome (right-eous versus un-right-eous). I'm waiting to read what you've learned from His teachings. You can start with the scriptures you claim to despise. As for hom-o-se-x-ua-lity. Science agrees with Jesus' truth. Spe-rm plus sp-erm does not procreate, ne-ither does egg(s) plus egg(s). I guess you are going to hate science for teaching their truth too.


      January 19, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  19. The Phist

    I can understand to an extent how it might incite some irritability, but as a means of preserving history I don't see an issue with it.

    January 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • D

      It's not so much the action, but the reason behind it. If it helps show the world what hate will lead to and make them think twice, then i guess....

      January 19, 2012 at 1:54 am |
  20. Puzzled

    I read Mein Kampf when I was young. It's available now on Amazon in several translations and a German language edition. What's the fuss about it?

    January 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Bill

      It can't be published in Germany without the copyright holder's permission. The copyright is owned by the Bavarian government and they don't give permission to anyone. I'm not sure what would happen if a German in Germany where to attempt to buy it on Amazon.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
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