Anti-Semitic books are not permitted in Germany. Authors and publishers of anti-Semitic literature usually face the full brunt of the law, without regard to their nationality. Public presentation of anti-Semitic literature in Germany is simply not tolerated.
Of course, there are exceptions, for instance when the publisher is the Iranian state, as Matthias Küntzel observed at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2005:
"In fact the international publishers in Hall 5 at the Frankfurt Book Fair were not on my program. Having a few minutes before my train was to leave, however, I dropped by and was astonished to see the extent to which Iran was represented in the hall. The Iranian stands seemed to take up as much space as those of all the countries of the Arab League together.
Now, it is well known that the Iranian leadership is dedicated to wiping out the existence of a state member of the United Nations, namely Israel. And it is also well known that to this end, Tehran exports a crude anti-Semitism throughout the world.
Nonetheless, I was astonished how openly this occurred at the Book Fair. ...
There was, for instance, under the heading "Jewish Conspiracy", the text that influenced Hitler's anti-Semitism like no other work: The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", here in an edition published by the "Islamic Propagation Organization" of the Islamic Republic of Iran."
Matthias Küntzel presents other amazing examples of anti-Semitic literature at the Iranian stands. I found this quote from one of the books particularly enlightening, from a strictly German point of view of course:
"The numerous footnotes added to the text by the Iranian publisher are particularly interesting. We find, for instance, talk of an "expansion of power" of the Jews during the Second World War ... and of German "resistance" against this "Jewish control"... (emphasis added)
Hmm... German "resistance" against this "Jewish control". Hitler, Himmler, Göring, Goebbels as leaders of the resistance? Freedom fighters, perhaps?
But there are other, more serious questions. Like this one from zombietime:
Is Germany, by blindly adhering to a universal tolerance of all views, unwittingly opening itself up again to a new wave of anti-Semitism -- the very thing that their ultra-tolerant society was created to ensure would never happen again?
The same source also reports on some cozy business deals between Iran and German publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
So, it's strictly business, nothing personal. After all, you wouldn't want to spoil German-Iranian economic relations would you, Israel?
Good old-fashioned anti-Semitic Literature,
as seen at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2005
Note from David: By mistake, we erased a comment from James to our posting. Here it is:
"Gee if that came from the International Book Fair in Frankfurt (Frankfurt's largest fair), was that from
The fictional section
The non-fictinal section
Medienkritik's readers should also be aware that Germany feels that regulating the German book market is also beneficial to German society... If you can't burn em, regulate em..."