AMSTERDAM (Mar. 13)
Police authorities have seized 800 reprints of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” in Dutch about to be distributed in The Netherlands. The copies were confiscated from the small Dutch publishing house, “De Ridderhof,” on the basis of a Dutch law prohibiting the stocking of works that incite racism. The publishers have promised to recall the 3000 copies of the book already distributed in Belgium.
In a recent statement in Parliament, Justice Minister Andries van Agt had said publication of the work could not be prohibited under the Dutch constitution which guarantees freedom of the press. The West German state of Bavaria which claims to be the legal heir to publication rights is opposing Dutch publication of the book. In the past, it has successfully opposed reprints of the work.