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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:55 AM
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Distant relative of Hitler entitled to "Mein Kampf" royalties
Edited on Tue May-25-04 09:59 AM by Fenris
Hitler Heir Doesn't Want 'Mein Kampf' Royalties
May 24, 9:50 am ET

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German historian said Sunday a distant relative of Adolf Hitler could sue the state of Bavaria for royalties from the Nazi dictator's book "Mein Kampf" but the retired Austrian engineer said he wants no part of it.

Werner Maser told Bild am Sonntag that Peter Raubal, whose father Leo Raubal was a nephew of Hitler, would have a strong chance of winning the copyright from Bavaria, which was given the German rights to the book by the postwar occupying powers.

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"Yes I know the whole story about Hitler's inheritance," Peter Raubal told Bild am Sonntag in what the paper said were his first public comments on the issue. "But I don't want to have anything to do with it. I will not do anything about it. I only want to be left alone."

In Germany, it is illegal to distribute "Mein Kampf" except in limited circumstances. Nazi symbols like the swastika and the stiff-armed Hitler salute are also banned. "Mein Kampf" is available online and in most countries, including Israel.

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&story...

EDIT: Fixed link.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:56 AM
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1. Morning, Fenris
:hi:

:loveya:

I don't blame the poor guy -- I would avoid that book and the royalties like the plague.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:03 AM
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6. Heyo, Midori!
:loveya: :hi:

I agree. I wonder how he found out about it.

"Mr. Raubal, you may be entitled to royalties from a book published by a deceased relative of yours."

"Oh, yeah? Awesome! What book is it?"

"Mein Kampf."

*rimshot*
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qwertyMike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:57 AM
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2. Class Act n/t
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smada Donating Member (311 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:01 AM
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3. I would take the royalties
and donate them to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

http://www.wiesenthal.com/about/office_index.cfm
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dedhed Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:03 AM
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5. Great minds think alike!!
:toast:
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:05 AM
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7. The royalties from sales in the U.S. alone would make that a hefty
donation.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:08 AM
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8. Doesn't the German govt do something at least remotely along this line
already?
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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:21 AM
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12. not the German Government, the Bavarian. But yes, it does
Edited on Tue May-25-04 10:22 AM by Kellanved
The only major income is generated by the American Edition. The rights for that edition are owned by a Random House subsidiary. Until recently, all income was donated to the German Welfare Council, a organization helping Jewish Emigrants.

As that Council is about to be disbanded, Random House has a problem: nobody wants the money.

The rights to the German edition are held by the State Bavaria. The rights generate very little royalties. So there is simply no money: the pre-war earnings are worthless because of the monetary reform, post-war earnings are not existent.
The "heirs" might try to sue the US Department of Justice, which sold the US rights to Random House,
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cjbuchanan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:09 AM
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10. wouldn't that be a little odd
I mean for them to make money off the book that basically called for the holocaust.

No saying it is a bad idea, just think that might be a little strange.
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smada Donating Member (311 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:20 AM
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11. It's catharsis
Turning a negative into a positive.
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:42 AM
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18. Yep, that might give the skinheads pause
It might not stop them from buying it, but it would ruin their day to know that every copy of Mein Kampf benefits a Jewish-run tolerance center :)

BTW, has anyone else ever actually read the book? I read it once out of a "know your enemy" type curiosity, and still have a hard time believing that it actually inspired an entire nation to war. It's poorly written, full of history that most people should have known was false and delusional, and yet somehow manages to advocate a strong centralized socialistic system while at the same time demonizing the Marxists as one of societies great plagues. Hitler was definitely a card short of a full deck.
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dedhed Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:02 AM
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4. Shame to let that money go to waste...
Why not collect the royalties, then do something good with them... like a huge donation to The Simon Wiesenthal Center.

How great would that be?!? Set it up so all future royalties are automatically dispersed to Wiesenthal or the ADL. Hitler's charred remains would forever flip in his grave!

:bounce:
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THUNDER HANDS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:19 AM
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15. how about taking the royalties
and helping stop the holocaust in Rwanda right now.

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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:09 AM
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9. Donating to charity would be good but...
I imagine the guy has taken so much shit all his life from being a distant relative, and being entitled to truly bloody money that he just wants no part and no hassle and wants to live his life in some peace.
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:55 AM
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13. so, the time period for book royalities is 'evergreen'?
is that the appropriate term?

... with no end?



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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:22 AM
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16. well
It is not completely clear about what royalties he is talking
- Those generated by the American Edition (sold by the Dept. of Justice to Random House for $35000)
- The German Pre-War royalties (Worthless due to monetary reform)
- The German Post-War royalties (Peanuts)

Should he sue, and win he might get the Royalties for future German Editions. However, by German law, the copyright will be voided in 2015.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:59 AM
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14. I thought Rumsfeld was already rich
:shrug:
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BringEmOn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:26 AM
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17. Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Bush Crime Family cashes in, again.
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