"Mein Kampf should be freely obtainable"
12 September 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Dutch Education Minister Ronald Plasterk has said Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf should be freely obtainable, according to a Wednesday report.
12 September 2007
AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Dutch Education Minister Ronald Plasterk has said Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf should be freely obtainable, according to a Wednesday report.
"Perhaps we should lift the ban on Mein Kampf," Labour member Plasterk was quoted as saying in an interview with magazine Hollands Diep. "Let it be freely obtainable."
He added his remarks were meant as a reply to the repeated calls upon the government by Geert Wilders, leader of the liberal-rightist Freedom party PVV, to ban the Koran entirely.
Wilders proposed banning the Muslim holy scripture arguing the Koran incites people to hatred and violence.
"Most people think banning the Koran is one step too far," Plasterk says in the interview. "But Wilders is right when he says people object to a ban on the Koran while at the same time Mein Kampf is not freely obtainable."
The Christian Democrats, the biggest party in the coalition government, criticised Plasterk's remarks.
Christian Democratic legislator Sybrand van Haersma Buma announced on Wednesday he will formally question the education minister about the matter.
"The minister ought to know Mein Kampf is the most hate inciting book in world history," Van Haersma Buma said. "Its ideology killed millions of people. The book was deliberately prohibited. I do not know why it should suddenly be freely sold now."
The legislator also said he did not understand why Plasterk made his remarks in the context of the debate about banning the Koran.
Connecting the Koran with Mein Kampf ought to be avoided, Van Haersma Buma said, adding the education minister is "hurting many people" with his remarks.
The Christian Union, the smallest coalition partner, was less critical about the minister's remarks. A spokesman for the Christian Union's parliamentary faction stressed that no ban exists on the academic use of Mein Kampf.
Mein Kampf (My Struggle) combines elements of autobiography with an exposition of Hitler's Nazi political ideology. It was published in 1925.
The Dutch authorities officially banned the book after the end of World War II in 1945.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news