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Mein Kampf a hit on Dhaka streets

December 1, 2009

From BBC News:

Booksellers touting their wares amid the heavy traffic in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, have discovered an unusual best-seller.

Adolf Hitler’s autobiography manifesto Mein Kampf is selling as well as Dan Brown’s latest novel, The Lost Symbol.

The street vendors in Dhaka are found at every major road junction and intersection.

Most of the sellers are young boys and many compete with beggars to attract the attention of motorists.

Last week, Mein Kampf did unusually well because many bought the book to give it away as an Eid present.

‘All the rage’

Mabul, 15, is among many boys who risk the chaos of Dhaka’s roads to earn a living selling pirated copies of popular paperbacks.

Among his offerings are The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, the 9/11 Commission Report – Omissions and Distortions by David Ray Griffin, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and copies of Mein Kampf (volumes one and two).

“For some reason Hitler’s book is all the rage among educated people – on a typical day I can sell as many as five or six,” Mabul told the BBC.

Hitler is not as popular as Dan Brown or Amartya Sen among Dhaka’s motorists and their passengers, but there is a constant demand for his book.

Read the rest here.

  1. Carterthewriter permalink
    December 1, 2009 12:27 pm

    I mentioned this literary gem in reference to the present health care bill. Tongue in cheek, of course.

    I am sure there are some water downed versions scattered about in our own school systems, especially in the “United Socialist State of California.” or USSC.

  2. Jack Samwell permalink
    December 1, 2009 1:52 pm

    Did the BBC mention what an outstanding primer mein kampf is for not only understanding obama care legislation, but also the Chicago way politics that paved the way?

    • Woman permalink
      December 3, 2009 4:49 am

      Exactly!!! Our own not-so-well-read society would be absolutely astonished seeing in print that Hitler (hmmm…and let’s see, who else?) felt that connecting with an audience emotionally was the way to win their vote; never discuss positions, issues, your advisers or accomplishments (or lack thereof) speak only of feelings your audience needs to connect with–like hope and change!
      I can’t believe what I am seeing today. I am not wasting any more time lamenting, though. I am looking for the ideal country to move to since America, as defined by the Constitution, is ceasing to exist.

  3. F. Swemson permalink
    December 1, 2009 2:21 pm


    Are people so stupid that they haven’t learned any lessons at all in the last hundred years?

  4. Mark Koenig permalink
    December 1, 2009 2:31 pm

    Considering the fact that Bangladesh is 90% Muslim, ranking 4th in number of Muslim adherents after Indonesia, Pakistan and India, this isn’t particularly surprising. I take it as further evidence of the truth that Robert Spencer is continually trying to disseminate – namely, that the Koran specifically instructs followers of Islam to kill unbelievers. Jews and Christians are part of this hated class, of course. If you doubt this, read an excellent discussion of Hitler’s warm embrace of and alliance with the Mufti of Jerusalem here:

    • Marylou permalink
      December 2, 2009 2:06 am

      Thank you, Mark. I was aware of him but having taken the time to read this article I am truly shocked. He may have been worse than all the Nazi war criminals put together and certainly worked in a widespread manner. It seems his influence can explain a lot about today’s events.

  5. December 1, 2009 10:07 pm

    Mein Kampf is a best seller in the Moslem nation of Turkey too. I’ve tried to read parts of Mein Kampf, and its quite a badly written boring book. The next time you hear Moslems whining about civil rights in the U.S. and racism and discrimination, think of this news item.

    • Steve R permalink
      December 3, 2009 11:32 am

      A madman’s ramble through an emotional, psychological, intellectual landfill. The stench rises like swamp gas. But — everything he planned to do, pretty much, is in there. You just have to wade through all the dreck to find it; not an easy task.

  6. Pierre permalink
    December 3, 2009 3:47 pm

    I saw numerous “Mein Kampf” books translated in italian, exposed and sold in bookseller’s shops during my holidays in Lido di Jesolo,facing Venice, about 10 years ago.
    I remember that the Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider, 1950-2008, visited the same place and it’s said that the keys to the Jesolo town were symbolically presented to him.

  7. December 4, 2009 1:38 pm

    Comparing Hitler and Mohammad: both were power-lusting narcissists and racists. Add to Mohammad’s character pedophilia and illiteracy. Hitler was the better writer. “Mein Kampf” is fluently written and forceful. Hitler lays out the reasons Germany was in the mess it was in, who was responsible, and what he intended to do about it. The Koran, on the other hand, is a disorganized hodgepodge full of Mohammad’s rantings and threats. Mohammad changed the Koran as he gained power. After his death, chapters and verses of the Koran were put together in various places by other power figures.
    Both books have the same evil feeling about them. They are anti-life, full of threats, full of hatred for non-aryans and Jews (“Mein Kampf”), and hatred for non-Muslims, Jews, and Christians (Koran). Both show personalities that revel in power.
    Robert Spencer’s “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran” is one of the many good commentaries on the Koran. Spencer breaks through all the fuzzy propaganda about Mohammad. He tells how the Koran was written, points out contradictions, historical mistakes, etc. jd

  8. Sassamon permalink
    December 5, 2009 7:41 pm

    May I reccomend an article written by Andrew Thomas,
    “The Pathology of Evil” Nov. 28, THE AMERICAN THINKER.
    The comments are brilliant.

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