A worrying omen
ADOLF Hitler’s manifesto, written before he came to power and unavailable for sale in Germany since the end of World War II, has reached bestseller status there.
It was published a year ago after copyright to the book which had been held by the state of Bavaria expired late in 2015. The publishers only expected to sell 4 000 copies of the annotated autobiography/ political memoir, but have been totally taken aback by the demand – reprinting it five times for a total of 85 000 copies sold to date. At times it even topped Der Spiegel’s bestseller lists.
Some quarters might call for its perpetual banning, others for its availability under the doctrine of freedom of expression, but for the vast majority of us, it should serve as a harbinger of a resurgence of rightwing fascist spirit that is finding expression elsewhere in the world – proving Germany is not immune.
We dare not forget what happened last time.