ROME (Oct. 13)
The Italian capital is experiencing a boom in sales of books dealing with Nazism, according to a report in a leading Rome newspaper.
Best-sellers include Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, “Mein Kampf,” and “Fatherland,” a recently published novel imagining a world in which the Nazis won World War II.
Many of the people buying these books are Skinheads, Il Messaggero reports.
There has been an increased demand for such books, according to a salesperson quoted in the newspaper.
“Fatherland” is selling well, the clerk said. “Lots of people are asking for it, and many of these are those boys, those with the shaven heads, who also want biographies of Hitler and books about the war.”
The greatest demand has been for “Mein Kampf.”
“Up until a little while ago, demand for this book was zero,” a salesperson at a big downtown bookstore was quoted as saying.
“Maybe it’s a passing fashion, because there is much talk these days about Nazism,” the clerk said. “Ordinary people are buying histories to become informed,” but “those youths are also coming in asking for `Mein Kampf.’”