Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
9th January, 2016
On Friday, January 8th, Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" for the first time since the Second world war went on sale in Germany.
After just one day of sales, the first batch of four thousand copies already sold out, despite the fact that some stores in Germany refused to sell the book. Moreover, the institute had previously received orders for 15 thousand copies. The edition consists of two volumes, contains more than 3500 scientific comments to the original text.
The publication caused serious disputes within society critics who believe that despite scientific annotations, the book will be a step to a resurrection of Hitler. As a reminder, earlier the government of Bavaria had the copyright on the book, and prevented its publication. But now, 70 years after the author's death, the text has become available in the public domain.
In 2010, Hitler's book was included on the Russian Federal list of extremist materials. Earlier, the "Young Guard" opposed the publication of the software edition of Mein Kampf. So, in December 2015, in the framework of the project "Heroes of our time", monitoring was conducted, during which about 150 sites were detected in the Russian portion of the Internet that had published the book Mein Kampf. As a result, MGER appealed to the Prosecutor General with a request to check their inventory, initiate examination and close access to the links, the content of which is contrary to Russian law.
In turn, the Young Guard also announced the imminent launch of the online petition addressed to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to ban the further spread of the works of Hitler and to protect the global community from the literature of similar content. A member of the coordinating Council MHER, Head of the Federal project MGER "Heroes of our time" Yegor Litvinenko said:
"A new book of Hitler for us, the descendants and veterans who survived the Great Patriotic war, was clearly an attempt to revive the fear and terror of fascism. The Russian people, like anyone else, knows the consequences of the spread of this bloody ideology, and what the price of victory over Nazism in the great Patriotic war.
"Young Guard" in the coming days will launch a petition on the Internet addressed to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, under which others will be able to subscribe, both Russians and citizens of other States. We also hope to be involved in the fight against this evil organization who are against the revival of the ideas of fascism from Germany and other countries. In addition, we officially appeal to our foreign partners and leaders of youth organizations of foreign countries to unite our efforts and reach out to the global community.
Our common goal is to prohibit once and for all the works of the bloody dictator Adolf Hitler. Because today the world – including Europe – is under the threat of attacks by radical groups, and the republication of the book "Mein Kampf" can facilitate the spread of radicalism in society.'