'Mein Kampf' for sale in British bookshop at airport in Amman, Jordan

Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto was spotted at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.

December 13, 2015 14:56
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Mein Kampf

A copy of Mein Kampf being sold at a WH Smith store at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. (photo credit: SAUL SADKER)

Looking for your next airport read? Flying through Jordan? Though it might make you cringe, it's possible to pick up a copy of Mein Kampf at a popular British bookstore there.

It sounds a bit strange, but large multinational British bookseller WH Smith was spotted recently selling Adolf Hilter's anti-Semitic manifesto Mein Kampf at its branch at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.

The book was spotted by Saul Sadker in WH Smith's Bestseller's section. Originally from Britain, Sadker relocated to Israel and was recently at the airport during a layover.

Sadker was shocked when he saw the Arabic version of the book on the shelves of such a well-known British company.

While the English translation of the book, which inspired the Nazi fervor behind the Holocaust, is sold by WH Smith online, it is generally a taboo in developed countries to sell the racist book at physical stores, of which the company has 1,300 around the world. Controversy arose, for example, when a German institute decided in February to begin reprinting the book for historic and educational purposes. It had been banned in the country since the end of World War II.

But, throughout the Middle East the Arabic translation of Mein Kampf is still widely read.

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