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Italy publishes first critical edition of Mein Kampf
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Italy publishes first critical edition of Mein Kampf

Copies of the first volume of “Mein Kampf” were handed out gratis throughout Italy with the June 11, 2016, edition of Il Giornale. The publishers of the right-leaning daily, owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, defended their decision by arguing that in order to reject the work, the public needs to know it.

Mainstream politicians and Jewish groups, however, protested the move. 

Adolf Hitler’s antisemitic manifesto “Mein Kampf” was first published in Italian in the late 1930s with the help of Italy’s Nazi-allied fascist government. The screed was printed again in the 1960s, with subsequent editions in 2002 and 2006. The edition given out to Il Giornale readers included annotations by contemporary historian Francesco Perfetti, but was based on the fascist 1937 version.

Less than a year after the widespread giveaway, two Italian researchers have published the first full-length annotated critical edition of “Mein Kampf.” Their impetus, one scholar told The Times of Israel, is that in an age of rampant populism it is necessary to understand Hitler’s way of thinking. It was time to present the book in a new light as annotations attached to the old version are insufficient.

“We decided to translate ‘Mein Kampf’ since we found the book to be the perfect example of how dangerous modern politics can be. Hitler can be considered the father of European populism,” said Vincenzo Pinto, Italian historian of Zionism and antisemitism.

 Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

Monday, June 05, 2017
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