Italian schoolchildren put Hitler’s Mein Kampf in top ten favorite books

TEL AVIV – A survey by Italy’s Education Ministry showed that students at Italian high schools all over the country included Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf in their list of their top ten favorite books.

Alessandro Fusacchia from the Education Ministry said the choice was a “particularly nasty case,” The Local reported. He added that the vote was not counted since students had been asked to pick from books by Italian authors that were published after 2000.

“We are looking into it, but we are convinced that it was not a bad interpretation of the request, but rather a free choice,” he said.


In June, Italian rightwing newspaper Il Giornale faced an outcry after it distributed free copies of an annotated version of Mein Kampf.


A 70-year-old copyright on Mein Kampf held by the German state of Bavaria expired at the end of last year, prompting the publication of a 2,000-page, two-volume annotated version of Mein Kampf by Munich’s Institute for Contemporary History in order to “thoroughly deconstruct Hitler’s propaganda in a lasting manner.”

Source: Deborah Danan,