- Two books that are powerful reminders of the Holocaust have entered the public domain in Europe
- Rabbi Benjamin Blech warns of the harm done by wider circulation of Hitler's vile 'Mein Kampf'
Rabbi Benjamin Blech is a professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)In a stunning illustration of serendipity, two books which almost certainly serve as the most powerful reminders of the Holocaust have simultaneously entered the public domain in Europe this year.
In this climate of hatred, it is more than naïve to believe that giving words of xenophobic racism -- words which once before had the power to whitewash genocide and to inspire the worst kind of evil -- a larger audience under the veneer of the respectability granted by footnotes and a prominent publisher justifies negating the wisdom of those who initially banned it.