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Bookstore Sorry About Hitler Gaffe

December 23, 2011 by staff 

Bookstore Sorry About Hitler GaffeBookstore Sorry About Hitler Gaffe, A British bookstore chain has apologized after promoting Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf as the “perfect present” for Christmas.

Waterstone’s issued an apology after several people spotted the anti-Semitic tome at a store in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire with a sales sticker saying the book is “the perfect present” and “essential gift for anyone seeking to understand one of history’s most despicable figures. A shocking read and vital warning for future generations.”

The online version of the U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle newspaper reports seeing copies of the book displayed in Manchester, Cheshire and Liverpool.

A Waterstone’s spokesperson told the Chronicle that the large bookstore chain doesn’t actively promote the book and its customers “are capable of forming their own opinions on whether to purchase it or not.”

“However, you do raise a couple of instances where we have obviously got things wrong. The book should not be stocked in any politics section, and our Huddersfield branch should not have used inappropriate seasonal stickers on the book,” the spokesperson said.

“We have instructed stores accordingly, and apologize for the offence caused. We will also communicate with all our branches at the earliest possible opportunity to remind them of the sensitivities surrounding our stocking of Mein Kampf.”

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