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March 23, 2005
The article about the popularity of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Turkey ("Hitler Finds an Audience in Turkey," March 16) causes one to speculate about the sudden rise of anti-Semitism in Turkey. One reason could be that with anti-Semitism rising again in Europe, the Turks, who have desperately sought entry into the European Union, are only trying to fit in with Europeans. Another could be that Hitler's genocidal policies dovetail quite nicely with Turkish history. Let us not forget that the Turks popularized modern genocide when they killed up to 1 1/2 million Armenians during World War I. Not only won't the Turks apologize for their heinous crime, they won't even acknowledge it. The Turks also have long denied the rights of ethnic Kurds who live in Turkey.
March 16, 2005 | Amberin Zaman, Special to The Times
"Mein Kampf," Adolf Hitler's notorious work outlining his anti-Semitic world view, has become a bestseller in this officially secular but mostly Muslim nation. Its sudden rebirth has alarmed the country's small Jewish community and raised concern among officials in the European Union, which Turkey aspires to join. Remzi and D & R, Turkey's two largest bookstore chains, rank the work among the top 10 on their bestseller lists this month, as they did in February.
October 12, 2002
It was refreshing to read Allan deSouza's Counterpunch about Leni Riefenstahl's fascistic photography ("Does Riefenstahl Make a Fascist Statement?," Oct. 7). It's rare that anyone points out that this particular empress is naked. For years, she has claimed that she was merely an artist during the '30s, not a Nazi. In a post-1945 world, it is easy enough to understand her lies, but difficult to understand why so many people have felt compelled to lie on her behalf. It seems as though every time people write about her, Riefenstahl's close ties to Hitler are either denied categorically or, worse yet, justified by her towering talent as a filmmaker.
August 28, 2001
Letter writer Vince Basehart (Aug. 24) is mistaken if he thinks Hitler wasn't religious. As Hitler plainly wrote in "Mein Kampf," he felt he was obeying the Christian God. "I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord" (Volume 1, Chapter II). If Hitler wasn't a card-carrying Christian, most of his Nazi followers and German citizens were. The Holocaust was the culmination of 2,000 years of Christian hatred toward Jews.
January 10, 2000
Re: "Is Hate for Sale?" (Jan. 5). Back in 1939 Germany, there were some people who didn't want others to read certain books--including the Talmud, which was considered to be a hate book because it refers to non-Jews in disparaging terms. These books were banned and in some cases burned. Now in 2000 Germany, there are some people who don't want others to read certain books--including "Mein Kampf," which is considered to be a hate book because it refers to Jews in disparaging terms. These books are banned, in some cases burned.
Looking for a little Nazi memorabilia--an officer's dagger, perhaps, or an SS parade flag? A Swastika or mint-condition Iron Cross? These, and hundreds of other items, are for sale on EBay, the Internet's largest auctioneer. Is the site simply supplying a marketplace for historic collectibles, or is it, as Rabbi Abraham Cooper charges, "peddling hate"?
April 13, 1996
Those two clods who commented on the death of umpire John McSherry in last week's Viewpoint must not have experienced any tragedy in their lives. I guess in their cretinous minds, any time an overweight person dies, it means they deserved it. Never mind the feelings of loved ones. I guess all of us with imperfections or differences are deemed expendable. That "logic" sounds familiar. Wasn't it espoused in "Mein Kampf"? RODNEY K. BOSWELL Los Angeles
May 21, 1995 | Associated Press
Latvian authorities have halted the sale of a Latvian translation of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf," fearing it could damage the former Soviet republic's reputation abroad. "All societies have to have some limits," Linads Mucins, a Latvian Interior Ministry lawyer, said Friday. "You can't sell all kinds of pornography and you shouldn't be able to sell things like 'Mein Kampf.'
Think of slapstick, and the name Adolf Hitler doesn't usually spring to mind. Yet that's precisely the outrageous connection that ignites "Mein Kampf," the 1987 philosophical farce by one of Europe's leading avant-garde playwright-directors, George Tabori. The play makes its striking U.S. debut in the appropriately confrontational hands of the Actors' Gang.
Simon & Schuster might have enjoyed a better seller had they reprinted a 70th anniversary edition of "Mein Kampf." Joe McGinniss would have suffered less emotional mutilation had he written a revisionist study of the free market integrity of Al Capone. But publisher and author decided on "The Last Brother," a psychic look at the beginning, multiple and midlife crises of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). The book produced nothing but murderous, consentaneous and intransigent criticism of McGinniss.
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