Seller of Mein Kampf being investigated for hate crimes


The NL Times reports: Michiel van Eyck is an Amsterdam gallery owner who sells copies of Mein Kamp. He announced on January 8, 2014 that he was to report to the authorities. He said, ”I will be interviewed by the police, they want to hear my side of the story,”

Van Eyck has been selling copies of the notorious book that was written by Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler. Van Eyck has been selling the book in his Totalitarian Art Gallery for several years now. The Jewish Federation Netherlands filed a complaint with the authorities against the gallery owner at the end of October. The organization stated that the trade is a form of hate speech and it is forbidden by law to sell Main Kampf.

The gallery owner feels that the book has historical value, which suits his collection. “I think it’s great that I have to report to the police, I’m not afraid of anything.” In fact, he feels the law should be changed and he does not intend on removing the copies of the book from his collection. He states: “I will go to court over this.” He currently has a few copies of Mein Kampf in the store. The interest regarding the forbidden book has increased since a few months ago his trade has attracted the attention of the public. “I have recently sold more copies than before.”

Evette Champion

Evette Champion is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE