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Would you sell Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler in your newsagency?

Mark Fletcher
October 24th, 2020 · 8 Comments

I ask because someone shared a photo of social media of it on sale in a newsagency in the ACT.

For the record, I would not sell this book in my newsagency.


Category: Social responsibility

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter // Oct 24, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Nein neinty nein. Bargain!
    But seriously…..definitely nein


  • 2 Graeme Day // Oct 24, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    Yes, I have read this rambling rubbish over 50 years ago and lost my hard cover copy by lending it to a freind.
    I challenge anyone that reads it to even reason for a moment that the author was sane.
    A madman Dictator and evil.
    It should be vilified at schools and the like and used to remind people of what persecution really is.
    Lest we Forget.


  • 3 Andrew T // Oct 25, 2020 at 7:37 AM

    Like it or loathe it, it remains part of history. If it offends you then there’s always Bill Shortens life story or the Lefts ‘Safe Schools Garbage’


  • 4 Steve // Oct 25, 2020 at 10:05 AM

    Nope I wouldn’t taint my store or our channel by stocking this work of hatred for the sake of a $9.99 sale.This book culminated in the persecution of a race of people and the Holocaust of WW2. I can’t believe that all copies weren’t destroyed upon Hitler’s death. In any event we only sell books on a sale or return basis. We don’t need to take losses on unsold stock. Thankfully this book isn’t on a best sellers list and doesn’t meet our criteria .


  • 5 A. Klein. // Oct 25, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Andrew T your response is appalling. I can only think it may be an attempt at humour. If it is, you need comedy lessons. If it is not, this is not a place you are welcome.


  • 6 Graeme Day // Oct 25, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    Steve, it was banned for years. I had a copy when I was on the Booksellers Association and agree totaily.
    But, rather than Ban it it was much better to free it for then it could be openly discussed -debate and put everyone into the picture of how bad Hitler and his NAZi Germany was.
    Once banned we felt it would create a curiosity factor and perhaps a cult image. The latter is the modern NEO Nazi movement.
    Banning is not the answer sell it and igive the money away to some cause that maay have been harmed by Hilter’s thugs.
    Certainly publicise it get some reviews on how bad it really was –
    I always found the saying i”f you don’t stand for something,you’fall for anything” is appicable in not doing the something.
    In you case the something is good but you’ve taken a stand but I prefer to get the whole of society to reject it not just the Bookseller, otherwise one becomes the censor.


  • 7 Andrew T // Oct 25, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    @Klein #5

    What have I said that appalls you. Not that it concerns me. I simply stated that the book is part of history, like Mugabe, Pol Pot, and Shorten. All idiots but part of history. Get over it.


  • 8 Mark Fletcher // Oct 25, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    Grow up Andrew. Your comment was in poor taste. Suggesting it is in any connected with or similar to a politician book in Australia is offensive.