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Virgin Megastore pulls Mein Kampf from display after Doha customers complain

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A Virgin Megastore outlet in Qatar has come under fire for featuring an Arabic edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf (My Struggle) in a display marked “Virgin recommends.”

The bookstore, located in Landmark Mall, pulled the book, which was first published in 1925 and outlines the Nazi leader’s increasing anti-Jewish views, after customers complained about its prominence in the shop. 

The National reports:

Anna, 39, who lives in Qatar, said: “It is one thing for this to be on sale, I do not believe in censorship, but to be promoted in this way crosses a line. This isn’t a specialist history bookshop, it only has a small number of such titles on sale, so the fact it has been chosen says something, but to be recommended in this way is shocking…

In a statement, Virgin said: “For one day, the book was included in the recommended section. The recommended tag was not an endorsement of the book’s author or its content. In response to a customer, we removed the title from the display. Commentary in the public domain was also taken seriously by Virgin Megastore and our policy is always to listen and respond immediately.”

Did any of you guys see Mein Kampf on display before it was taken off the shelves? Thoughts?

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