Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked, the London-based online magazine spiked described by the New York Times as being “fond of puncturing all manner of ideological balloons”. He is also a columnist for the Big Issue in London and for The Australian in Sydney, a writer for the London Spectator, and a blogger for the Daily Telegraph. His journalism has been published widely on both sides of the Atlantic. The Daily Mail calls him “one of Britain’s leading left-wing thinkers” while the Guardian says he is a “sub-Danny Dyer intellectual wind-up merchant”.
Timothy W. Ryback is author of “Hitler’s Private Library: The Books that Shaped His Life” and “The Last Survivor: Legacies of Dachau”, a “New York Times” Notable Book for 2000. His forthcoming book, “Hitler’s First Victims: The Beginning of the Holocaust”, will be published in October 2014. Ryback has written for numerous publications, including “The Atlantic”, “The New Yorker”, and “The New York Times”. He is co-founder of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation in The Hague, and deputy director general of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris.
To publish or not to publish? That is no longer the question. What remains to be done after the “Mein Kampf” copyright expires in 2015 is to provide an antitoxin to its content – and Bavaria has just the right medicine.
The German state must ban Hitler’s Mein Kampf for eternity and recognize that plain and outspoken rejection of Nazi ideology is a fundamental part of German democracy. This is the surest way to prevent history from repeating itself.
Should German publishing houses, even German citizens, be free to publish and sell Adolf Hitler’s racist, ranting autobiography Mein Kampf? Yes, they should.
We should learn to deal differently with our Nazi past, for the perpetrators of the time were human beings like you and me. That does not mean, however, that we can’t continue arguing about the Führer.