COMMENT: The state of Bavaria is going to re-publish Mein Kampf for German students. A number of questions suggest themselves in the context of this development:
- As noted in a recent comment by “Pterrafractyl,” there is a push among Eurozone voters (which may include German voters, eventually) to embrace growth, rather than “austerity.” If there should be a “democratic rejection” of the fascism inherent in “austerity,” might MK be the text for the next step?
- In this regard, we might mention that indications are that most German citizens do not harbor the Nazi visions that dominate that country’s power structure. Most Germans just want to survive, work and have a little fun. Most German workers have not shared in the boom that Corporate Germany has experienced. Might the re-publication of MK be a move toward “let ‘em eat fascism”?
- Before rejecting the first point out of hand, consider the extent to which the “new” Germany has embraced the agenda of the “Old Germany”–calling for a “Nuremberg II” to redress the crimes against the vertriebene groups. Consider also the remarkable development whereby Germany/EU installed the Greek Nazi party as part of the Greek provisional government, with no input from the Greeks.
- Will the Underground Reich and/or Bavaria profit from the publication? The announcement was made by the Bavarian finance minister.
- In the recent past, Germany has neutralized certain places–graves of Third Reich luminaries for example–that might have become neo-Nazi shrines. Re-publishing “Mein Kampf” seems diametrically opposed to this trend.
- Will the “annotations by historians” include input from the likes of Ernst Nolte?
EXCERPT: Mein Kampf: The hate-filled book has not been printed in Germany for 70 years. But Bavaria want to produce an annotated version before it loses ownership of its copyright in three years time.
While the book is not illegal in Germany, the state has not allowed it to be printed amid fears that it could promote Nazism.
Other countries have printed foreign-language editions since then, despite the restrictions but Germans have been unable to get a newly-printed version in their own language for 67 years.
But now Bavaria has now given permission for the rest of Germany to freely print the book, with includes diatribes against Jews and Slavs and the prophecy of a German war of conquest in the east.
‘The editions we plan will contain comments from experts that are clearly understandable to the young so they can clearly understand and therefore interpet the dangerous ideas within,’ announced Bavaria’s finance minister Markus Soeder in Nuremberg. . . .