British Bookseller Pushes 'Mein Kempf' As Perfect Christmas Gift

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'Mein Kampf' perfect holiday 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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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine December 23, 2011 - 10:12am

Yeesh. At least they weren't pushing it for Hanukkah.

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor December 24, 2011 - 9:03am

*rimshot*

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Steppenwolfe from the South is reading Diary December 26, 2011 - 9:20am

Nothing says free publicity like giving the Fuhrer his props.

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edsikov from New York by way of Natrona Hts PA is reading absolutely nothing December 28, 2011 - 10:18am

Whaddya mean? It's the perfect Chanukkah present! And that's just the first night. Other nights might have included THE THINKING OF MICHELE BACHMANN (an EZ2-READ pamphlet), WHITE SUPREMACY AND YOU by Ron Paul, ZE NEUE VORLD ORDER by Newt Gingrich, and on the lighter side, OUR CIRCUMCISIONS, OUR SELVES by Sarah Silverman, and my own new opus, EAT MEAT, DRINK MILK, AND DIE.