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French auction house pulls sale of Hitler's Mein Kampf after protests

Published on May 7, 2014 9:52 PM
 
One of two rare copies of "Mein Kampf" signed by the young Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on Feb 25, 2014. French auction house Pierre Bergé & Associés said on Wednesday it has withdrawn from sale a rare first edition of Hitler's Mein Kampf following a protest from a Jewish watchdog body. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - French auction house Pierre Bergé & Associés said on Wednesday it has withdrawn from sale a rare first edition of Hitler's Mein Kampf following a protest from a Jewish watchdog body.

The National Bureau for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA) had opposed the sale and criticised the auctioneers for presenting Hitler's autobiography/manifesto, "as if it was just another work or art written by a poet or a member of the French Academy".

The copy had been predicted to fetch between 3,000 and 4,000 euros (S$5,213 and S$6,950) as part of a scheduled May 16 sale of a library of crime-related works owned by Philippe Zoummeroff, a retired industrialist.

Mr Zoummeroff, who is Jewish, said he had acquired his copy of Mein Kampf "to show what has existed, to document the despicable".

 
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