From EAG News:
BERLIN, Germany – German Education Secretary Johanna Wanka is calling for the country’s schools to incorporate a critical edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” into lessons on politics and history.
The Institute for Contemporary History in Munich is set to release a heavily annotated version of the Nazi leader’s manifesto when a copyright held for 70 years by the state of Bavaria expires January 1, Russia Today reports.
The book was never specifically banned in Germany, but Bavaria has prevented its publication since 1945, according to the news site.
Wanka told Passauer Neuen Presse the critical version of the book, which is “aimed at promoting political education and is easily comprehensible,” comes with 3,500 annotations from scholars that ensure Hitler’s views about eugenics, race theory, and other topics don’t go “uncontradicted.”
Wanka said “students have questions, and it is right that they can get rid of these in the classroom and talk about the issue,” according to RT.com.
Wanka’s suggestion follows similar calls by the country’s teachers union, the German Teachers Association, to allow educators to use the book in an academic setting to “inoculate adolescents against politic extremism,” The Trumpet reports.
GTA president Josef Kraus believes that blocking the book from schools would only increase students’ interest in its message.
“What’s much more dangerous is remaining silent or completely banning the book,” he said. “Nowadays, with the power of the Internet, everyone has access to everything. So it’s more important to me that something like this can be discussed…