Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ has made a surprising comeback in Italian schoolchildren’s reading lists, 70 years after the fall of the Nazi regime, with some pupils naming it one of their 10 favorite books in the latest nationwide survey.
The survey was launched by the country’s Ministry for Education in an attempt to promote reading and find out which books schoolchildren prefer.
Despite the fact that only books by Italian authors published after 2000 were up for consideration, young Italians in 10 of the classes surveyed put the Nazi leader’s manifesto among their preferred reads.
Middle school students from Palermo, Catanzaro, Potenza, Tivoli and Gaeta in Lazio, Trieste, Udine and Piacenza all named ‘Mein Kampf’ in their top 10.
Alessandro Fusacchia, the chief of staff of the Ministry of Education and Research, called the news a “particularly nasty case” in his blog entry, as quoted by La Repubblica.
“We are looking into the case,” Fusacchia stated, noting however that the ministry believes the students did not make a mistake or interpret the request wrongly, but rather made a “free choice.”
Fusacchia also noted that teachers, rather than students, had been responsible for submitting the final responses, chosen after a class discussion about reading.
Apart from the shock appearance of ‘Mein Kampf’, the ministry has been pleased with the results of the survey, the enthusiasm of participants and the variety of books that made it to the lists, which Fusacchia called a “great celebration of books and reading.”
Votes were cast for some 10,000 books. Up to 3.5 million students from 138,000 classes submitted their choices between June 1 and December 1. The top three titles chosen by middle school children were ‘Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue’ (White as Milk, Red as Blood), a 2013 Italian romantic comedy-drama by Alessandro D’Avenia, ‘Io Non Ho Paura’ (I’m Not Scared), a 2003 coming-of-age Italian crime mystery thriller by Niccolò Ammaniti, and ‘Gomorra’, a 2006 non-fiction investigative book by Roberto Saviano.
Haha. You can’t keep Hitler down, it seems.
The Italians throw bananas on the field when black athletes appear. Their spirit and sense of humor should be adopted by more Europeans.