27th of January, 2017 is the Chinese Lunar New Year Eve, as well as the ‘International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust’ launched by UNESCO.
People who been through the second world war might never want to look back; whereas, be the one who is far away from the warfare, I always curious about it. Though the international day was set to memory all the victims of the Holocaust, the date of January 27th marks the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps.
Auschwitz concentration camp is regarded as the biggest Nazi concentration camp which now located in Poland; accordingly, more than 1.1 million people were killed in the camp because of their race, religion and sexual orientation.
There is a permanent exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London called ‘The Holocaust Exhibition’, tells the Nazi propaganda and individual stories between 1933 and 1945. Every time when I go to the IWM, I visit this section, and every time I find something new.
The theme of the ‘International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust’ of this year is ‘From Words to Genocide: Anti-semitic Propaganda and the Holocaust’. Obviously, the theme willing to warn people the language power of words as Hitler took the advantage of mass communication to brainwash people back to the WWII.
The interesting thing is one of the BBC’s news released early this month titled ‘Germany sees ‘overwhelming’ sales of Hitler’s Mein Kampf’, yes, you might still do not know, but since early 2016, Adolf Hitler’s book ‘Mein Kampf’ has been republished in Germany after 70 years’ prohibition.
The main reason to republish this book is for study research, while another more practical reason is according to the European copyright law, Hitler did not own the copyright of the book anymore, so the publishers have the access to this book.
Though German officials tried to limit the public’s access to the book, as reported by BBC, roughly 85,000 German-language copies have been sold during 2016, while the first print run in Germany was only 4,000 copies. Not surprisingly, Mein Kampf became one of the best non-fiction sellers in Germany in 2016.
I do not think people who bought the book are fans of Hitler or pro-Nazi, most of them might just like me who are curious about what happen in the past and why Hitler has such hegemony to do whatever he wants.
Nevertheless, the publisher is planning the French-language edition, which means more people will get access to this book. Will there be any chance we can see the book published in English, Chinese, or any other languages? And will ‘Mein Kampf’ become the best-selling non-fiction book around the world?