British Bookseller Pushes 'Mein Kempf' As Perfect Christmas Gift
via The Guardian:
Nothing says Merry Christmas like Mein Kampf!
At least, that was the sentiment at Waterstone's, the United Kingdom's biggest book chain, when the Huddersfield branch put a festive sticker on the book, declaring it to be the "perfect present" for the holiday.
A staff recommendation even explained why, calling it "an essential read for anyone seeking to understand one of history's most despicable figures. A shocking read and a vital warning for future generations."
Which is true. But still.
Mein Kampf (My Struggle), written by Adolph Hitler in prison before he rose to power in 1933, is a bit... divisive. And while I do believe in the value of making this book available (know thy enemy), it doesn't exactly strike me as the kind of gift I'm going to get for my mom for Christmas. Or for anyone else, ever, on any occasion.
Waterstone's has since apologized for the kerfuffle.
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