The manga version of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, published by Japanese publisher East Press, has sold over 45 000 copies to date since November last year. This manga is part of a series of famous western novels, poems, and plays, including Dante’s Inferno and various works of Shakespeare, that have been published in comic format by East Press for easier reading. This controversial manga was published amidst calls to legalise the publication of Hitler’s book in Germany, which has been illegal since the end of World War II. Calls to allow the adaptation of the manga to be sold in Germany have also been met with criticism. The current holder of the copyright for the original Mein Kampf manuscript is the Bavarian Finance Ministry. Their spokesperson, Horst Wolf, said in an interview with Asashi Shimbun newspaper, “We have trouble considering manga as an appropriate medium for critically presenting this problematic material.” It is possible that this manga will be met with similar resistance elsewhere in the west, and it might be a while before it is possible to actually buy a legitimate translation of it in some countries.

It seems that the darker side of history is less taboo in Japan than in other nations.

It seems that the darker side of history is less taboo in Japan than in other nations.

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