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Athenaeum wants to publish Mein Kampf

16 September 2007 - Amsterdam publisher Athenaeum Polak & Van Gennep considers publishing Mein Kampf should the ban on the book be lifted. Minister Ronald Plasterk argued for releasing the book, but has had second thoughts.

NRC Handelsblad approached various publishers to ask them whether they would be interested in publishing a Dutch version. Most are against the ban but do not want to publish the book themselves. “I don’t publish books unless I am enthusiastic about them”, Henk ter Borg of Nieuw Amsterdam said.

Athenaeum Polak & Van Gennep is the only publisher to consider publishing the book. Mark Pieters: “Now and then, the idea is raised at editorial meetings. Morally, we find that Mein Kampf should be available, because no book whatsoever should be banned in an open society. However, we would not want to make a profit from it, so the proceedings would go to a charity”.

In 1939, National-Socialist publishing house De Amsterdamsche Keurkamer published a Dutch translation of Mein Kampf. In 1974, reprints were prohibited by the state, which now owns the copyright to the translation.

Source: NRC Handelsblad / Reinier Kist


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