BUDAPEST — The announcement by a notorious right-wing publisher that he plans to issue a new translation of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" has created a swirl of controversy.
Saying that he wants to fight "false history," publisher Aron Monus announced he would keep to his plans despite growing criticism expressed by local historians.
Monus has already published "Conspiracy Against Nietzsche's Empire," a tract alleging that Jews paid Hitler to carry out the Holocaust.
Local historians reacted to his announcement by arguing that a new translation of "Mein Kampf" — the book was outlawed in Hungary during the Communist regime — could prove dangerous if it were not accompanied by an appropriate explanatory text.
"It would just encourage hatred," historian Maria Ormos said in a recent interview with the English-language newspaper Budapest Week.
While admitting that she had not read any portions of Monus' soon-to-be-published translation, Ormos said she had read the publisher's "Conspiracy Against Nietzsche's Empire," which she said was riddled with "factual inaccuracies and uncontrolled ideas."
Hungary's chief prosecutor told Budapest Week that no legal steps could be taken to prevent Monus from issuing "Mein Kampf," since the country currently has a set of anti-censorship laws.