Mein Kampf Sold By Booksellers. Oh Noes!

Mein Kampf Sold By Booksellers. Oh Noes!

Mein Kampf Sold By Booksellers. Oh Noes!

Once-prominent Newsweek must be angling for relevance again since they published a hair-on-fire article about various booksellers selling Mein Kampf. The title of their hand-wringing article reads:

“Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble Found Selling Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ With Full Nazi Blurb”

With full Nazi blurb, too!

So these booksellers were found to be selling Mein Kampf? What, is it a crime or something to sell a discredited book by a repugnant author? You’d think so. What’s even more disturbing to them is the “Nazi blurb” that some editions included. Newsweek described it as “a description that portrayed the Nazi leader in a positive light.”

“This book has set a path toward a much higher understanding of the self and of our magnificent destiny as living beings part of this race on our planet.”

“It shows us that we must not look at nature in terms of good or bad, but in an unfiltered manner. It describes what we must do if we want to survive as a people and as a race.”

As for that “Nazi blurb” — I certainly don’t agree with those sentiments, and I’ll bet you don’t either.  But how dare anyone in the media say that no one should read them?

And then there was the price tag of $14.88. What about $14.88? Well, according to the UK Huffington Post, the number is important to white supremacists. Fourteen stands for the “14 Words” slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” Plus, “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and thus two numerals of eight put together stand for “Heil Hitler.” Get it? Did you know that? Neither did I.

This was the tweet that sent Newsweek into a The-Nazis-Are-Coming panic:

Oh noes, the concentration camps are returning! Oh, wait, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says they’re already here. Never mind.

Now what braintrust at Walmart thought it would be a good idea to place a photo of Adolph Hitler in a promotional tweet? The corporation should sack whoever created that epic PR fail.

But in Germany, booksellers have been selling Mein Kampf since 2016, when a 70-year ban on the book was lifted. Munich’s Institute of Contemporary History then republished it, with annotations. While some people in Germany didn’t particularly like the idea of the book being sold again, others saw it as another part of their history, sordid as it was.

Yet apparently for some in the United States, which has never had a Nazi government, this old piece of discredited history should never see the light of day.

But guess what other books US booksellers are selling with nary a peep from the scolds at Newsweek?

Amazon, for example, is selling Das Kapital, Volumes One through Three, by Karl Marx, and they breathlessly advertise it as. . .

“The Only Complete and Unabridged Edition in One Volume!” 

I guess that makes it easier to take to the next Bernie Sanders rally.

In addition, you can also get digital editions of The Quotations of Chairman Mao on Google Play, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble. Perfect for those down times in Portland when Antifa is acting like junior Red Guards. Mao Tse-Tung’s wisdom can reach them through their phones while waiting to crack someone’s skull.

Never mind, though, that Communist totalitarians were (and are) just as ruthless and murderous as Adolph Hitler. In fact, more people have succumbed under communism than during the Third Reich, as dreadful as that was.

Now guess what, dear readers? My husband owns an old German copy of Mein Kampf from the 1930’s.

Cue the panic!

He got it as a Christmas gift some years ago — not as a gag gift, but because he loves World War II history. You could show that man an unlabeled picture of a WWII airplane, tank, or weapon and he can name it without missing a beat. He’s pretty good with uniforms and ships, too.

We don’t know the history of the book, although it’s probably a war souvenir. It was also someone else’s Christmas gift, since the original gift giver inscribed it Weinachten 1934 — “Christmas 1934.”

mein kampf

Hirsch: personal collection.

But according to the curmudgeons at Newsweek, my husband probably shouldn’t have that book. In fact, they would see him as some neo-Nazi white supremacist tiki-torch skinhead who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 (hint: he did). Because, like the rest of elite media, they know best what the proletariat should and shouldn’t be able to access. If they can’t ban this book legally, they’ll shame the booksellers into halting its sales.

Mein Kampf was the product of an evil mind — no one who knows about WWII’s bloodbath would argue that. But it’s also an important piece of history. And if we cancel history because it makes some people uncomfortable, then how can we heed its warnings?

 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

8 Comments
  • Scott says:

    OMG, working that hard to be offended must be tiring as hell! As for Mein Kampf I too have a copy, as well as Das Kapital, Mao’s book, and others. They are on the shelf for books that fall under the category of “know your enemy”.. Rules for Radicals, as well as books by clinton and obama also occupy spots on that shelf..

  • GWB says:

    What, is it a crime or something to sell a discredited book by a repugnant author?
    If so, why is Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson still for sale on Amazon? (A 40th anniversary edition, no less!)

    Did you know that?
    Yes. It’s a big deal to the freak-out morons on both sides of the neo-NAZI movement. (And I mean ‘movement’ as in the one I have when sitting on the throne in my library.) Mind you, I didn’t know that until the left start calling everyone a friggin’ NAZI and the freak-out brigades started twitting it all over the place.

    what braintrust at Walmart thought it would be a good idea
    Yeah, I’m gonna guess this was some sort of infiltration and that guy getting his coke (not the bubbly kind) free for a while down at the shack where they meet. “Dude, that was stickin’ it to the man!”

    guess what other books US booksellers are selling with nary a peep from the scolds at Newsweek?
    See above.
    Along with Late Great Planet Earth, A People’s History of the United States and Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. (Though, that last one appears not to be new editions at Amazon.)

    I own a copy of Mein Kampf, too. It didn’t help my understanding of how Germans could support Hitler, though, as I found it dense, unyielding, and indecipherable. How do you start/support a movement with a book that noone can read and comprehend?

    I bought it as you mentioned, for historical purposes. I don’t recall the sale price, but I doubt it was near $15.

    Let the howlers fling their poo. Let them screech and beat their torsos (they have no chests). Then go about your business, businesses.

  • SFC D says:

    I had to read The Communist Manifesto for a college history class in 1980. I still am not, nor have I ever been, a communist.

  • Jim says:

    When I was 17 and studying modern European history I was given a copy of Mein Kampf by a friend of my father to broaden my understanding of the events of the 1920s and ’30s. I guess the trendy Socialist/Communist Left would now consider me a National Socialist and want me sent to one of Occasional-Cortex’s concentration camps – after being given a good beating by the Oregon Antifa mob just like Adolph’s SA did to dissenters and Untermenschen.

    Es tut mir nicht leid!

  • Anonymouse says:

    I do believe that Mein Kampf is a best seller in the muzzie world.

  • Ah, yes, the mystic symbologists. Hilton Hotels must be a Nazi enterprise – and Hubert Humphrey’s parents were obviously closet Nazis.

    I do own all of the books that everybody else here does – although I’ve not paid for a single one of them. Mein Kampf was inherited from my parents; same place my copy of Atlas Shrugged came from. If it had words on paper between two sheets of slightly thicker paper, they read it. Book of Mormon from my LDS neighbor when I was a kid. I don’t recall where the Koran came from, but I know I didn’t pay for it.

    Oh, wait a minute – I didn’t pay for the King James, or the separate Apocrypha, but the Orange Catholic Bible I did (although they gave me a discount when I bought them for all three children at once, and one extra to keep for myself). I also have several of the completely disavowed “books,” such as the “Gospel of Judas.”

    I guess it’s obvious that some traits are inherited (although the gene must be recessive – only three out of four of their kids turned out to be bibliovores).

    Anyone who pays these days for one of the Communist religious works, though, is an ignoramus. All of those propaganda pieces are free on the internet.

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