Digital editions of Adolf Hitler’s fascist screed, in less public format, attract surge in readers
The Today programme (08:24) reports, with a shudder, that interest in Hilter’s Mein Kampf has risen…it is number one bestseller in its Amazon category.
We are told….It’s an important book because it influenced millions of people…and post war it still does…on the Far Right.
We are told it can come with a health warning for readers…..
Mein Kampf is an evil book but it is important to read it…for all who care to safeguard democracy.
We were told it’s had a following all over the world…including India and the Middle East.
Mishal Husain asks…‘Why India?’
Why the interest in just India from Mishal Husain you might ask….because it isn’t Indians chasing Jews from Europe once again….surely relevant to the topic under discussion.
It is certain fundamentalists who read an equally disturbing book that is perfectly legal to buy, indeed praised and admired by many…possibly those who haven’t actually read it.
A book that Churchill compared to Mein Kampf:
“All was there—the programme of German resurrection, the technique of party propaganda; the plan for combating Marxism; the concept of a National-Socialist State; the rightful position of Germany at the summit of the world. Here was the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message.”
Or another British Prime Minister, William Gladstone, who called the Koran an “accursed book” and once held it up during a session of Parliament, declaring: “So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world.”
When the BBC starts to examine the contents of the Koran in as rigorously challenging and uncompromising manner as it looks at Mein Kampf, and indeed the Christian Bible, we might get some genuine, if inconvenient, truths.