Producer
Director
Manfred Oldenburg
Producer
16:9 HDTV
Genre
History
Broadcaster
Arte, ZDF
Length
1 x 52'
Editor
Year
2015
Hitler's mein Kampf
A dangerous book

Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf": There is hardly a book that is overloaded with so many myths, that arouses so much revulsion and fear. The work is the symbol of Nazi rule, responsible for 60 million deaths. For decades, a reprint was banned. But 70 years after Hitler's death, the copyrights of "Mein Kampf" are expiring and the work could reappear on the market from 1 January 2016.  Hitler's thoughts would find new circulation at a time when arson attacks, right-wing riots, Nazi graffiti and hate comments against a planned or existing refugee home are commonplace in Germany.

In a 52-minute documentary, Manfred Oldenburg explores the question of whether "Mein Kampf" can still be dangerous today. What does the book say? How was it written? What was its reception history? And what impact does its content have on us today, when arson attacks, right-wing riots and hate comments against asylum seekers are the order of the day.

In the process, it becomes clear that the mental connecting factors to which "Mein Kampf" appeals are still present today: Racism and ultra-nationalism. Many a right-wing extremist who sets fire to asylum seekers' homes can refer to Hitler, who already 90 years ago warned in his book against foreigners becoming too foreign: "Thus every year these entities, called the state, take into themselves poisons which they are hardly able to overcome" (Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf", p.489).

Hitler's Mein Kampf. A Dangerous Book.

Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf": There is hardly a book that is overloaded with so many myths, that arouses so much revulsion and fear. The work is the symbol of Nazi rule, responsible for 60 million deaths. For decades, a reprint was banned. But 70 years after Hitler's death, the copyrights of "Mein Kampf" are expiring and the work could reappear on the market from 1 January 2016.  Hitler's thoughts would find new circulation at a time when arson attacks, right-wing riots, Nazi graffiti and hate comments against a planned or existing refugee home are commonplace in Germany.

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