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April 04, 2005

Headline of the Week

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Although it's only Monday, we may already have a shoo-in for most-eyebrow-raising headline of the week. It's from Reuters:

Turkey Shrugs Off Success of Hitler's "Mein Kampf"

The article's lede is a humdinger too: "Turkey's government Monday played down soaring sales of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic book "Mein Kampf" ("My Struggle") and said there were no racists in the large Muslim country."

I'm eager to find out what the good and enlightened Euro-minds who are all for admitting Turkey into the European Union make of this article.



posted by Michael at April 4, 2005


I swear I've read before that Mein Kampf is a top seller in many Middle Eastern countries and in the ME parts of many Euro countries.

Here's an article from a couple years ago I found on the Nazi influence in the ME. It doesn't tackle best seller status however.

Posted by: lindsey on April 4, 2005 9:18 PM

Too bad Alan Cranston isn't here to comment. He was my dad's best friend (campaigning for Upton Sinclair), and published the first unexpurgated translation of MK to warn the world about Hitler.

Posted by: winifer skattebol on April 4, 2005 9:21 PM

now, if only the same thing was happening in mexico, western civilization might yet have a new lease on life!!!

Posted by: cynic on April 5, 2005 4:31 AM

cynic: In fact, Mexicans are facinated by Hitler and the Nazis. When I lived there I was always surprised that even the typical, very limited bookstore would have a remarkable number and selection of books about Nazis.

The name Adolpho has been steadily gaining in popularity in Latin America since the early thirties.

Posted by: ummm... on April 6, 2005 2:00 AM

In fact, "Mein Kampf" has always been a steady steller in Turkey. But, the recent boom has been linked to the growing nationalism in the country, and the rise of anti-Americanism [the US policies on Iraq, Iran, and especially Israel]

The rise of Turkish nationalism might actually have to do with the resistance in the EU against their entrance as well. The turks seem to be hurt in their pride.

As it looks now, the main difficulty Turkey will have to convince the EU-countries it has become a modern country is its treatment of women, oddly enough. Right now, the majority of girls doesn't get any education, to name one thing.

Posted by: ijsbrand on April 7, 2005 9:16 AM

steady seller

Posted by: ijsbrand on April 7, 2005 9:17 AM

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