Monday, June 13, 2016

Italy: Daily offers readers free ‘Mein Kampf’ copy

Via Times of Israel:
A right-wing Italian newspaper was on Saturday giving away free copies of Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic manifesto “Mein Kampf” in a move which sparked both shock and condemnation.

“Know it in order to reject it” was the justification given by conservative tabloid Il Giornale, which is owned by Paolo Berlusconi, brother of former premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Explaining the move, Il Giornale said it was an attempt to educate.

“Reading ‘Mein Kampf’ is a real antidote to the toxicity of national-socialism,” said the paper which published a 1937 version of the manifesto containing annotations by the historian Francesco Perfetti.

It said the text was being freely distributed alongside the first of a series of eight history books on the Nazi Third Reich which would be sold with the paper.
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