In today's troubled Europe where some nations are proudly proclaiming the triumph of illiberal democracy denounced by others as fascism, the renewed public appetite for Hitler's Mein Kampf has many worried.
On Saturday, "Mein Kampf" could become even more widely accessible in Europe. The right-wing Italian newspaper Il Giornale has announced that it will distribute the book freely to readers of its Saturday edition — an announcement that drew heavy criticism from Jewish groups in the country.
Similar plans of a right-wing publishing company in Germany had already caused outrage earlier this week. "Mein Kampf" has been available in German bookstores since January — but only in an annotated version that is supposed to point out inconsistencies and lies in Hitler's arguments. There are more than 3,000 additionalcomments in that version.
According to German law, publishing the book without annotations would be considered seditious. But that is what right-wing publishing company Schelm is now planning to do. Prosecutors are investigating the plans and could file charges even before the book gets published.