Mein Kampf ist Verboten at Amazon UK

Mein Kampf ist Verboten at Amazon UK

Mein Kampf ist Verboten at Amazon UK

At first Amazon touted that with books, it would sell “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” However, the company has decided that Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf was a bridge too far. So now Amazon UK has banned sales of most editions in Britain since it violates its code of conduct.

However, if Brits want to read der Führer’s racist ranting, Amazon’s UK store will sell them a specialized German-language edition. Published in 2016, A Critical Edition includes scholarly annotations by historians. It’s huge, and it’s pricey. But when it first appeared on the German book market it caused a lot of anxiety as well, especially since it spent 35 weeks on the best-seller list.

Nevertheless, in the United States, one can still purchase an English-translation of Mein Kampf from Amazon. Both a paperback and a Kindle version are available.

Why did Amazon decide to remove the book from its UK store? Moreover, will the same thing happen in the United States?

Since the 1990’s, Jewish groups and Holocaust charities have been pushing Amazon to remove the book. But Amazon has staunchly refused to censor its book sales. Yet why censor now?

mein kämpf

Personal collection/Photoshopped.

Amazon would not comment to Britain’s The Guardian on its reasons, although it did issue this banal statement:

“As a bookseller, we provide customers with access to a variety of viewpoints, including titles that serve an important educational role in understanding and preventing antisemitism. . . .”

Amazon’s book banning on all things Nazi — both here and abroad — began in February, when the behemoth bookseller quietly removed books by former KKK member David Duke. It also removed books by George Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party.

Amazon is able to eliminate these books because the company has become the most powerful online leviathan in the world. It takes full advantage of that power to wield control over the books that buyers might read. In fact, Amazon now controls about two-thirds of the US book market, including digital, new, and used editions. That’s a lot of influence from one company, which should alarm Americans.  So is Mein Kampf next on the chopping block?

Ironically, with Amazon Prime’s own dramatic series “The Man in the High Castle” — which features Nazis and swastikas galore — the company has cleaned up its book about the series. When it published The Man in the High Castle: Creating the Alt World in November, it eliminated swastikas and eagle crosses from the volume. Where you once saw a swastika on actor Rufus Sewell’s Nazi jacket, you now see a blue circle.

However, Amazon self-righteously explained it all away:

“We respect, in this book, the legal and ethical responsibility of not perpetuating the distribution of the symbols of oppression.”

Now let’s be clear: National Socialism was a vile curse upon the world. It violated every code of decency that classical liberalism developed in the West. Plus, it propelled the entire world into carnage that has not been seen since. National Socialism should never be honored, and it should never surface again.

However, how about Soviet socialism? Or Maoist socialism? Mao Tse-tung, in fact, murdered more people than Hitler and Stalin combined with his form of communism.

But academics and the media tend to overlook the brutal details of Stalin’s Holodomor or Mao’s Great Leap Forward. Adolph Hitler is the boogie man who must be banished from history.

Or should he? Shouldn’t we use the words of one of history’s most evil men to hopefully avoid such butchery in the future? Whatever happened to “Never again?” Never again what? Especially when so many Americans — ignorant of history — don’t even know about the Holocaust.

 

Featured image: personal collection.

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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
  • Brian Brandt says:

    “Or should he? Shouldn’t we use the words of one of history’s most evil men to hopefully avoid such butchery in the future? Whatever happened to “Never again?” Never again what? Especially when so many Americans — ignorant of history — don’t even know about the Holocaust.”

    Mein Kampf’s American publisher (Macmillan?) for many years kept it in print as a public service.

  • Scott says:

    Just covering the tracks of the American left, they don’t want their association to Hitler to be known (Margaret Sanger anyone?).. My bookshelf includes copies of Mein Kampf, Mao’s “little red book”, and “the Communist Manifesto”.. There is the section labeled “know your enemy”

    • Overgrown Hobbit says:

      Since the 1990’s, Jewish groups and Holocaust charities have been pushing Amazon to remove the book.

      Are these real Jewish groups, or the FakeJews(TM) using Diversity Pokemon for money, status, and Marxism, who wouldn’t recognize a synagogue if it but the ptuckis?

      Because if real (and my money is on NOT, so it would be good to distinguish) have the Sons and Daughters of Abraham and Sarah run mad? They’re a frequently scape-goated middle-man minority, and they think feeding totalitarian censors is helpful?

      Oy vey.

      • Overgrown Hobbit says:

        Eh… Touch-screen heck.

        “Bit them on the… ”

        Also the above used the — format which basic html this site doesn’t recognise.

        Basic html and a 10 min edit window would be a nice feature, please!

  • Bit of research (all of ten minutes, including writing this).

    The book is public domain in Germany. The rights were held by the State of Bavaria until 2015, and they did not allow publication in Germany. I believe that the German critical edition would be copyrighted by the Institute (not going to try to type the whole name) that produced it.

    In the UK, it was banned in any language until sometime in the 1960s. After that, all net proceeds from sales in the UK are required to be distributed to anonymous charities. I would surmise that they may have run out of charities that have managed to stay anonymous.

    In the US, it is still under copyright. However, that copyright was seized by the government in 1939 – all royalties from sales under that copyright were going to refugee agencies (may still be).

    Upshot is that in CIVILIZED countries, none of the money goes into the pockets of neo-Nazis. Now, the Duke and Rockwell books, royalties WOULD end up in hands that we would rather not be receiving them. (Actually, it was royalties on Mein Kampf that kept the National Socialists alive and expanding in the early days.)

  • GWB says:

    “We respect, in this book, the legal and ethical responsibility of not perpetuating the distribution of the symbols of oppression.”
    Oh, that is a crock of s*&^. There’s no way in hell we ever “evolve” to some higher state if we can’t even stand the “symbols of oppression” in a historical sense. This is the intellectual equivalent of the wimp on the playground having sand kicked in his face.

    Also, the book should be in the public domain (it’s 80 years since 1939).

  • CaptDMO says:

    Pardon me if I don’t click to Amazon to check…
    Are paper copies of….
    The Art of War
    The Prince
    Aesop’s Fables
    Brothers Grimm
    still available through the on line book store ?

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