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Why is Hitler’s manifesto so popular in the country he conquered?
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09/22/2021
 

Mein Kampf Becomes Bestseller in France

Why is Hitler’s manifesto so popular in the country he conquered?

BY MIHAILO S. ZEKIC

French publisher Fayard released a new translation of Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler’s manifesto and the founding text of the Nazi movement, on June 2. The translation was published as a resource for scholars. France24 wrote, "[H]istorians behind the project say it will perform a valuable service in elucidating—and thereby disarming—the Nazi ideology for French readers."

Fast-forward three months, and Fayard’s Mein Kampf has become a surprise bestseller. Fayard was taken aback when the original print run of 10,000 copies almost ran out after two months. The publishing house has ordered a second print run.

This is surprising for France. Hitler steamrolled the nation in six weeks. France produced Charles de Gaulle, one of Hitler’s biggest enemies. Yet Mein Kampf’s Europe-wide surge in interest has carried over into France. Why?

 

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