‘Mein Kampf’ a Best Seller in Turkey

This is somewhat disturbing to read.

“ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkish bookshops have a best seller, but some of them are hesitant about giving it too much display.

It’s “Mein Kampf.”

The popularity of Adolf Hitler’s book, filled with anti-Jewish diatribes and dreams of world domination, is puzzling some Turks. Does it reflect rising anti-Semitic or anti-Western sentiment in Muslim Turkey? Or anger over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and the war in Iraq (newsweb sites)? Is it a backlash against the country’s moves to join the European Union (newsweb sites)? Or does it simply offer a cheap thrill?

At least two new Turkish-language versions are out in paperback and selling for as little as $4.50, but they could run into legal trouble. They were printed without the permission of the Finance Ministry of the German state of Bavaria, which was given control of Hitler’s estate after World War II and is keen to suppress the book.

German diplomats in Turkey have been told to explore court action. “The book ‘Mein Kampf’ should not be reprinted,” says Bavarian Finance Minister Kurt Faltlhauser. “The state of Bavaria administers the copyright very restrictively to prevent an increase of Nazi ideas.”

Last month the ministry said it was seeking legal action to stop the book’s publication in Poland.

“Mein Kampf” — meaning “My Struggle,” was written in the 1920s and has long been widely available in Arab countries, but no increase in sales has been noted there lately. So Turkish analysts are hard put to explain why tens of thousands of copies have been sold here in recent months.

Lina Filiba, executive vice president of Turkey’s 25,000-member Jewish community, called it “disturbing.”

She said price and media attention were major factors, but also pointed to a “worrying trend” of anti-Semitic publications such as “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” being sold even in bustling department stores.

“Metal Storm” by Orkun Ucar and Burak Turna, a novel imagining a war between Turkey and the United States, is Turkey’s top seller. Conspiracy theory books sell well and the press is extremely critical of the United States and Israel.

Filiba tied the phenomenon to the European Union’s Dec. 17 decision to open membership talks with Turkey, a move long sought by Turkish governments but unpopular among those who fear it will expose their country to permissive European influences.

“I think there’s an increase in anti-Semitic, anti-American, and anti-foreigner feeling that has paralleled Dec. 17,” Filiba said.”

I think that are a lot of sores festering around the world. There seems to be a large push by people to blame their troubles on others, regardless of whether the scape goat is the real source or not. It is a disturbing development.

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