Hitler´s ´Mein Kampf´ A Best-Seller in Turkey

Adolf Hitler’s <i>Mein Kampf</i>, a bestseller in many sectors of the Muslim world, has become a best seller in Turkey – traditionally considered a moderate country.

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Tens of thousands of Turkish-language copies of Hitler’s book - the English title of which is “My Struggle” - have been snatched off the shelves ever since they were reprinted in Turkey several months ago. The book outlines Hitler’s plans for world domination and his intense hatred of Jews.

Muslim apologists attribute the book’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.

This is not the first time the book has been translated to become a best seller in the Arab-Muslim world. Sami al-Jundi, one of the first leaders of Syria 's ruling Baath party, writes in his autobiography of Syrian admiration for Mein Kampf and Nazi ideology in the 1930s: “We were racists, admiring Nazism, reading its books and the source of its thought … We were the first who thought of translating Mein Kampf.”

Mein Kampf has been translated into Arabic several times and distributed widely in Lebanon and Syria. The book was also distributed in the PA-administered regions of Israel by Al-Shuruq, a Ramallah-based printing press. The book became a best-seller in the PA in 1999.

Adolf Hitler had close ties with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin Al Husseini. Husseini supported the Nazis and especially admired their program for the mass murder of the Jews, visiting numerous death camps and encouraging Hitler to extend the "Final Solution" to the Jews of North Africa and pre-state Israel. Husseini was the uncle of the late PA representative in Jerusalem Feisal Husseini and a commander and mentor of terror chief Yasser Arafat.