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German Town Revokes Hitler’s Honorary Citizenship

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The testimony of a woman whose family was exterminated by the Nazi helped convinced a Bavarian town council to vote unanimously to revoke the honorary citizen that the municipality had granted Hitler in 1933.

The town council of Dietramszell was deadlocked over whether to adopt the resolution revoking the honorary citizenship after the discovery of a document in the town archives that both Hitler and Paul von Hindenburg, president of Germany at the time, were awarded the honor as honorary citizens.

An outcry over an 8-8 tie in a council vote last week prompted it to meet again on Tuesday, when it voted 21-0 to strip Hitler of the award.

“It was never our intention to trivialize the crimes of Adolf Hitler. We underestimated that our voting behavior could be understood in such a way,” the council said. It added that the council members were impressed by impassioned testimony of a woman whose family was wiped out in the Holocaust.

Bavaria Will not Reprint Hitler’s’ Mein Kampf’ In 2014

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Bavaria has decided to scrap its plans to reprint Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” with critical commentary when a legal ban by Germany on republishing it expires at the end of 2015. Germany owns the book’s copyright because Hitler, born in Austria, was registered as a resident of Munich.

He wrote the autobiographical “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle) while he was in prison after his failed Munich coup. Responsible for the Holocaust, the extermination of six million European Jews by the Nazis, Hitler was chancellor from 1933 until he committed suicide in 1945 at the end of WWII.

Bavaria had planned publish a new edition with critical commentary from the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History but has changed its mind, according to the European Jewish Press.

“Many conversations with Holocaust victims and their families have shown us that any sort of reprint of the disgraceful writings would cause enormous pain,” said Bavaria’s Science Minister Ludwig Spaenle. He also warned that any publisher who tried to reprint the seditious” book will face criminal charges.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/bavaria-will-not-reprint-hitlers-mein-kampf-in-2014/2013/12/12/

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