HitlerÂ´s Â´Mein KampfÂ´ A Best-Seller in Turkey
00:30 Mar 23, '05 / 12 Adar 5765
Adolf Hitlerâ€™s Mein Kampf, a bestseller in many sectors of the Muslim world, has become a best seller in Turkey â€“ traditionally considered a moderate country.
Tens of thousands of Turkish-language copies of Hitlerâ€™s book - the English title of which is â€œMy Struggleâ€ - have been snatched off the shelves ever since they were reprinted in Turkey several months ago. The book outlines Hitlerâ€™s plans for world domination and his intense hatred of Jews.
Muslim apologists attribute the bookâ€™s popularity to its cheap price. It was printed in paperback form with out the permission of the German state of Bavaria, which owns the rights to the book.
"The book Mein Kampf should not be reprinted," Bavarian Finance Minister Kurt Faltlhauser said in an official statement. "The state of Bavaria administers the copyright very restrictively to prevent an increase of Nazi ideas."
Lina Filiba, executive vice president of Turkey's Jewish Community, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the popularity of Hitler's book is "disturbing." She said it was part of a "worrying trend" that includes the sale of anti-Semitic publications such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion at popular local department stores.
Since January, the book has sold more than 50,000 copies and is #4 on the bestseller list drawn up by the D&R bookstore chain. Traditionally priced at about $20 a copy, it now sells for about $5.50 and less.
Turkish political scientist Dogu Ergil sees the book's rise in popularity as evidence of anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism, and Nazism. "Buried in the dustbin of history in Europe, Nazims is beginning to re-emerge in Turkey," he warned.