FFrench publisher Fayard has published a new translation of Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler’s manifesto and the founding text of the Nazi movement, June 2. The translation has been published as a resource for academics. France24 wrote: “[H]Historians behind the project say it will do a valuable service in elucidating – and therefore disarming – Nazi ideology for French readers.
Fast forward three months, and Fayard’s Mein Kampf became a surprise bestseller. Fayard was taken aback when the original edition of 10,000 copies nearly sold out after two months. The publishing house has ordered a second print run.
This despite the fact that Fayard did everything to make the book as unsaleable (on the far right) as possible. Its price is 100 â¬ (we$ 117.52). Fayard asked booksellers not to display it. He refused to supply it to stores in shopping malls. He asked Amazon to change its algorithms to prevent the book from appearing on its bestseller list. The book has a plain white cover with the long title, Historicizing Evil: A Critical Edition of Mein Kampf. Hitler’s name does not appear on the cover. The scholar’s annotations make up two-thirds of the book’s content.
Mein Kampf is by no means a literary masterpiece. Hitler had a limited basic vocabulary. Much of it is the ramblings of a madman. Part of the reason that Fayard’s translation came out is that the previous translation of Mein Kampf, dating from the 1930s of a translator sympathetic to Hitler, was more fluid to make Hitler smarter.
Many buyers of the book would have bought it for scientific or historical reasons. Fayard offered free copies to university libraries; but few libraries have taken them. It seems that the interest of the learned community is a bit lackluster.
But an incident in June shows the kind of people who are interested in the book. While French President Emmanuel Macron was touring the country this summer, a man slapped him in the town of Tain l’Hermitage. After searching the perpetrator’s home, police found firearms and a copy of Mein Kampf.
In Germany, Mein Kampf has been banned for many years. The government did not want Hitler’s vision to resurrect in the public sphere. But its copyright expired a few years ago, and the Munich Institute for Contemporary History published an annotated scholarly version similar to Fayard’s. It quickly became a bestseller in Germany.
In 2016, the Italian Ministry of Education surveyed 140,000 secondary school classes to determine who was the favorite author of Italian schoolchildren. The winner: Adolf Hitler for Mein Kampf. The investigation was supposed to be limited to Italian authors.
Germany has always struggled to come to terms with its Nazi past. Italy arguably did a worse job acknowledging its fascist past (as did Austria, Hitler’s birthplace). It is disturbing that so many Germans and Italians are interested in Mein Kampf, but not completely surprising.
But it is surprising for France. Hitler crushed the nation in six weeks. France produced Charles de Gaulle, one of Hitler’s greatest enemies. Still Mein KampfThe renewed interest on a European scale has spread to France.
Perhaps part of the reason for the growing interest is due to the growing problem of immigration to France. Last year, France was rocked by several major Islamic terrorist attacks. Paris recently passed a law putting religion in France under greater government control. The law applies to all religions, but it was introduced to specifically target Islam. The law contains extreme provisions – the government can now shut down religious institutions without a court order – but many conservatives believe that does not go far enough.
Some certainly see parallels with the xenophobia towards the Jewish population on the European continent in the years leading up to World War II.
The âMuslim questionâ is not the only parallel. The Germans were worried then about issues such as economic collapse, political chaos, aggressive Russia, and other geopolitical issues. Many of these issues worry many Europeans again.
May be Mein Kampf ‘This resurgence is a sign that Europe is looking for a solution to these problems, as the Germans did in the 1930s. Mein Kampf ‘Its popularity in France, Germany, Italy and the rest of Europe is therefore worrying.
âPowerful leaders are rising on the world stage today in several countries, including Russia, China and Iran,â he wrote. Look at Jerusalem editor-in-chief Gerald Flurry in his brochure A strong German leader is imminent. âBut what about Europe? What about Germany?
He keeps on:
Germany is one of the world’s leading exporters of military armaments and the third largest exporter of goods. Its economy dominated the European Union. But Germany does not have a strong leader. Many critics have expressed this view quite often lately.
However, there are several signs in the world news that a strong leader is about to step onto the world stage.
Our organization has long prophesied the seventh and final âresurrectionâ of the Holy Roman Empire of which the prophet Daniel spoke. The fascist regime of Hitler and Mussolini constituted – and concluded – the sixth leader, or resurrection, of this empire. There’s one more to come, before the prophesied coming of the Messiah. The European Union has already been formed, as our predecessor Herbert W. Armstrong predicted some 90 years ago – and Britain has already radically left that union, just as Mr. Armstrong predicted ( upon joining in the 1970s).
What the European Union currently lacks is leadership – its strong prophesied leader (Daniel 8:23). For the moment.
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