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The infamous manifesto penned in prison during the 1920s by one of history’s greatest despots has become a bestseller in Turkey, a troubling sign of increasing anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism.
Since January, Mein Kampf has sold more than 50,000 copies, rising to No. 4 on the bestseller list. The book outlines Hitler’s plans for world domination and his intense hatred of the Jewish people.
“A lot of people in the West don’t realize this has always been a popular book among radical Muslims,” says Steve Hagerman, founder of Turkish World Outreach. “They think it’s a tragedy Hitler didn’t win the war. This is symptomatic of growing anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in the country.”
Hagerman is concerned about a resurgence of conservative Islam in Turkey, which he believes is promoted and funded by Iran and Saudi Arabia.
“Turkey is a different place right now,” Hagerman observes. “The military, the radical Muslims and the secularists are becoming more and more anti-American,” he says. “Literalist Islam is teaching the Muslims to hate the Jews and to hate democracy. Their belief in Muslim eschatology is that the world is destined to be conquered by Islam.”