Friday, April 25, 2008

Forbidden books?

Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that the Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland (Central Council of Jews in Germany) defends the idea -- put forward by the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände in Nuremberg -- of an annotated critical edition of Hitler's Mein Kampf. It seems a pity that the Free State of Bavaria, the copyright holder (no, I wasn't aware of that either), resists what appears to be a timely project of pulling the rug out from under this shitty piece of propaganda and combating its ongoing mystification (in certain ... "circles") and potential misuse once copyright runs out in 2015.

The new edition would be provided by the respectable Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich. The Bavarian government, however, claims that such a publication would violate the memory and respect of victims of the Holocaust, thereby potentially betraying those it seeks to defend. Not a good idea, given recent figures revealing that Bavaria has, over the past years, become something of a neo-Nazi stronghold.


Mr. Joyboy said...

Thanks for the link, Wife! I'd love to see the anotations, my own self.

I actually own an English translation of MK that I bought in the States and brought over to Germany (no customs checks, thank God).

One interesting thing about it is that amid all of the stark staring nonsense, Adolf gives vent to opinions about art (art that makes us feel good & that takes conventional skill to create is good), literature (ditto), culture (depraved penny-dreadfuls are corrupting our morals), and sex (chastity is under threat!) that are almost certainly shared by large majorities of contemporary Germans, and in fact by large majorities of contemporary people. I've always meant to post some of them on my blog and see who can identify them.

Not sure what showing that AH was a bourgeois prude proves, perhaps nothing sinister, but thanks for reminding me to carry out this vital experiment in the name of Science.

The Wife said...

Thanks for your comment, Mr. Joyboy (whatever made you choose that name?),

Oh dear, I see a reading group developing here .... Maybe you can get Henryk M. Broder to give a talk. He's been very good at uncovering the bourgeois prudishness of Mr H. by way of dismantling the obsessive German mystification of him, I find (but am aware that this view might not be shared by all and sundry). See for yourself:

By the way, I liked your AIESEC post. I always thought that they were a pretentious bunch -- leadership and all that.

Greetings up the Rhine,

J. Carter Wood said...

That link seems to be slightly cut off. The article's here.