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Controversy over Manga of Hitler's Mein Kampf

by dtshyk
Sep 6, 2009 1:55 AM | 68 Comments
Japanese publisher East Press released a manga edition of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" last November. It's a part of a series "Manga de Doppa", which publishes classical literatures such as Goethe's Faust and Dante's La Divina Commedia, as manga books.

Manga Mein Kampf on Amazon Japan

The editior of East Press said "Few people have actually read Mein Kampf although the book itself is well-known. We think this manga is a good reference to understand Hitler's thought, which brought about such a terrible tragedy." Manga Mein Kempf has been sold 45,000 copies for half a year. Considering the average sales of the series are 35,000 copies, the manga was sold unexpectedly well.

Kein Kampf has been banned in Germany by its copyright holder Bavaria State. The Ministry of Finance of Bavaria replied to Asahi Newspaper that "The publication of the demagogic literature makes the victims of Nazism remember their pains. Moreover, manga is not an appropriate media for the critical research on this problematic book."

Professor Klemens Vornharz (Dresden University of Technology) objects to the idea. "Prohibited books must not be existed in the free society. Mein Kampf cannot agitate people anymore. Rather it's an important historical material for the society."

Source: Asahi.com

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Oh wow, nice idea. Not.

*digs through the usual trolls' replies*

.. ah well, glad this is the only time I'll be hearing about this. ^^

Sep 8, 2009 7:56 AM by cyruz

if someone finds scanlations, contact me plz, the same guys might hav also done Das Kapital

Sep 7, 2009 6:20 PM by renjikuchiki1

I don't really mind this, it'll be interesting to see what they've done with it.

Sep 7, 2009 1:27 PM by Shio_

Ceska said:

And the book is not banned in Germany or Austria, the copyright holder does not give out the right to publish it in these countries. The effect might be the same, but it's still different from a governmental ban.


yes it surely is not "baned."

its "censored out of the book stories" - sounds better to you? Or do I need to sugar-coat it more into the whole "country CARES FOR YOU" bs?

ANd no its not a bullshit, its a window into the mind of one of most cruel people in the human history ;]


EvolutionxUKx said:
what can be possibly bad about it? its not like we don't put it in almost every movie,game and book. its kinda stupid as i seen worse than this in the market.


Nothing is bad about it. Its just government getting stuck over some trivial things and forgetting everything else.

Kind of like the whole FAIL of PMRC in USA, where Al Gore tried to make government "chose" the music for entire county, banning the "inappropriate" songs.

Sep 7, 2009 7:30 AM by Ahenshihael

what can be possibly bad about it? its not like we don't put it in almost every movie,game and book. its kinda stupid as i seen worse than this in the market.

Sep 7, 2009 6:51 AM by Account2234

Calling that pathetic pile of drivel classical literature is an insult to world literature.

And the book is not banned in Germany or Austria, the copyright holder does not give out the right to publish it in these countries. The effect might be the same, but it's still different from a governmental ban.

Sep 7, 2009 5:35 AM by Ceska

Does it really matter whether people read mein kampf or not?

Most of the content is made up/pure fiction anyway, since he wrote it as a "biography" in order to make his history fit in with his political ideals and position.

Sep 7, 2009 5:06 AM by Azamat

dtshyk said:
Japanese publisher East Press released a manga edition of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" last November. It's a part of a series "Manga de Doppa", which publishes classical literatures such as Goethe's Faust and Dante's La Divina Commedia, as manga books.

Manga Mein Kampf on Amazon Japan

The editior of East Press said "Few people have actually read Mein Kampf although the book itself is well-known. We think this manga is a good reference to understand Hitler's thought, which brought about such a terrible tragedy." Manga Mein Kempf has been sold 45,000 copies for half a year. Considering the average sales of the series are 35,000 copies, the manga was sold unexpectedly well.

Kein Kampf has been banned in Germany by its copyright holder Bavaria State. The Ministry of Finance of Bavaria replied to Asahi Newspaper that "The publication of the demagogic literature makes the victims of Nazism remember their pains. Moreover, manga is not an appropriate media for the critical research on this problematic book."

Professor Klemens Vornharz (Dresden University of Technology) objects to the idea. "Prohibited books must not be existed in the free society. Mein Kampf cannot agitate people anymore. Rather it's an important historical material for the society."

Source: Asahi.com


MOAR!

Sep 7, 2009 1:07 AM by Borjoyzee

SCANLATIONS FUCKING WHERE?!

Sep 6, 2009 11:55 PM by dumbfuck

I don't agree with the banning of a book. Freedom of speech i say!
I mean it should be a pretty interesting read.... if people don't like it, they could just avoid it u_u

Sep 6, 2009 11:33 PM by magentaanbu

Hmm...having learnt my 2 years in school about WW1 and 2 I do like to see how the Manga is done. Solely on the information and view given. I know what I learned in school isn't 100% right or layed out the way we are supposed to consume it, same will go with the manga.

All in all? Couldn't care less. It's 60 years in the past, about no one alive is even affected by this anymore (don't give me this "my grampa etc died and stuff, nothing in your life went different, think about it). The actual survivor of that time, now about going to be 6 feet under soon enough, certainly have nothing better to think about these days, huh?

Tbh I'm one of these people who would have said "Do as you please, I don't care either way". Well, I still do. Don't even take my time telling Americans "Yes why of course, because you guys got involved in the war...at the very end at that as well and Germany went down makes _you_ the winner" ...whatever you feed the human first and sounds reasonable enough will be the case until the end. Try brainwashing a brainwashed person as long as you want...on the bigger scale nothing will have changed.

The word in your life should be "future" not "past".

Sep 6, 2009 11:14 PM by Ceruhe

I'm going to be interested in this one and there is no point to banning it or whatever. I mean almost all of history buffs like myself have read the book and rest of the world knows about Hitler's POV (although Mein Kempf has much more detail). Its just a stupid controversy with no sense whatsoever. Freedom of media anyone?

Sep 6, 2009 10:58 PM by Killy_Zouichi

if i had to choose between reading Mein kampf in manga form or viewing an art gallery of jesus paintings that was made entirely out of feces...

...i'd go with reading the manga

Sep 6, 2009 10:54 PM by Ranivus

wakka9ca said:
Rail_Man said:
Doesn't 'Mein Kampf' sound like chinese food to anyone else?


the point is...?

And no, it doesn't

Clearly, controversial stuffs can be published. I just hope that people will not start embracing the ideas...It's better if they actually understand how flawed it is by reading it...


Except not every person reading it is going to interpret it the same way. While the majority of us would see it as another point of view of a dark part in human history, there will most certainly be others inspired by the text and may idolize it which is something no one wants for obvious reasons.

Even though I don't agree with the ban, I can see why Germany would do it.

Sep 6, 2009 9:59 PM by DeathfireD

They will live afraid of Hitler forever. u_u

Sep 6, 2009 9:23 PM by LaOveja

Not gonna jump on the "Germany is bad for banning stuffs" train. All I have to say on this issue is I believe Germany's opinion on a book, written by one of their owns in the past (although that guy comes from Austria, but whatever), is "better" than your opinion. And don't give me that freedom of speech crap. If you justify anything with that, you're probably: 1. naive or 2. a good US citizen. Also, I doubt most people read books like a historian. (Although in this case, it'd be hard to believe the bullshit in those pages)

As for the controversy on this manga about Mein Kampf (that sounds funny somehow), I don't find it necessary to develop any thoughts and an argumentation. I'll just gonna sum up what I think like this: LOL, Japan. xD

guyklc said:
Bottom line for all the people complaining: Don't give this manga more attention than it needs. Japan's neighboring countries have done similar things before and all it did was exacerbate the situation. Hitler's garbage ideas might come back to life if we give it too much attention.

I agree with this guy.

renjikuchiki1 said:
and the resurgence of this book is probably a result of global capitalism failing which is causing many to seek ulterior forms of government and economic systems

What? What does racist ideologies have anything to do with economy crisis? :D Sure you can say that the economy situation today has something to do with the previous administration at the white house encouraging shit, but I don't think many would look at something like "Mein Kampf" first as an answer. ^^

Tasogare said:
But your rights end where someone else's begin

Actually according to some philosophy courses forced on me a long time ago (boy, did they suck), that statement encourages individualism. Of course I got what you mean, and I'm sure you weren't using it in that sense, but I just wanted to point it out. ^^

Xjellocross said:
Only if you have no idea what Chinese sounds like in comparison to the "chow mein" bullshit they feed you here in America.

Oh so that's why he was talking about Chinese food. So that's how they call Chinese fried noodles in America now, eh? Haven't been to a Chinese restaurant for ages. :p

Sep 6, 2009 8:24 PM by Alexstratz

indeed, now only if Das Kapital had this kind of publicity...... but i suppose everyone needs something to yell at, and this year its this

Sep 6, 2009 7:15 PM by renjikuchiki1

guyklc said:
More political controversies with manga, eh? This doesn't surprise me too much, unfortunately, coming from Japan. You have the textbook controversies where the Ministry of Education approved textbooks that downplay Japan's war crimes during WWII. And then a few years ago, Japan's best selling manga were Kenkanryuu (Hate Korean Culture) and another bashing Chinese culture. As a Chinese myself, I find it infuriating that some Japanese would deny war atrocities all together. Nonetheless, sometimes freedom of speech/press allows someone to be a pure asshole, and it's something we have to live with. Hey, the KKK still exists in the US because of "freedom of thought" or whatever.

Bottom line for all the people complaining: Don't give this manga more attention than it needs. Japan's neighboring countries have done similar things before and all it did was exacerbate the situation. Hitler's garbage ideas might come back to life if we give it too much attention.


The bit about the 'KKK'? I do believe in freedom of thought. But not when it's hate-mongering thought, because overruling the freedom of speech is the right to feel safe from discrimnation. Or at least it should be. Don't know what happened to that. But your rights end where someone else's begin, so if what you're saying is offensive and derogatory, then you shouldn't have the right to say it.

In this case, it's an adaption, so you can't really get mad at them for spreading hateful idealogy, because you can't prove they're doing this in support of Hitler. And I don't think they are. It's definitely an attempt to cash in on the controversy. And I have to admit I'm intrigued and might actually read scanlations :P Just because.

Sep 6, 2009 6:45 PM by Tasogare

Rail_Man said:
Doesn't 'Mein Kampf' sound like chinese food to anyone else?

Only if you have no idea what Chinese sounds like in comparison to the "chow mein" bullshit they feed you here in America.

Sep 6, 2009 6:37 PM by Xjellocross

wakka9ca said:

Clearly, controversial stuffs can be published. I just hope that people will not start embracing the ideas...It's better if they actually understand how flawed it is by reading it...


qft!

Sep 6, 2009 6:28 PM by guyklc