A wor­ry­ing omen

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

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.

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