The idea of including the notorious piece of German national-socialist leader Adolf Hitler ‘Mein Kampf’ (‘My Struggle’) into mandatory school program sow discord into German society. The Bavarian State Parliament will consider an appropriate decision on the issue soon, Russia Today reports.
According to Tomas Goering, one of the authors of the initiative, it is important that children of 15-17 years age read this book in a classroom: “I don’t think that today’s children will see any temptation in this book”. Knowledge about the ideologies of the past will help to keep our children away from new right-wing ideologies, – Goering explained.
However, representatives of German Jewish community do not agree with Goering. They fear that reading of ‘Mein Kampf’ may have negative effect and may incite hatred. Israeli historian Efraim Zuroff noted that it largely depends on to which ideology the teachers are adhered and how they build a discussion of this subject with children. “In theory, a teacher may speak about harmfulness of Nazism based on this book as an example, but he may also advocate it,” the scientist worries.
The idea of studying the Hitler’s heritage in school became possible after a 70-year copyright on the book by the state of Bavaria had expired.