Hugh Trevor-Roper: Russia bans 1950s-era book about Hitler

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A history book about Adolf Hitler has been banned in Russia because it includes quotes insulting to Russians and Jews, according to a report.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that a Russian court has banned the 1953 book Hitler's Table Talk: 1941-1944 by British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper. The book collects Hitler's opinions on a wide range of topics.

According to Reuters, prosecutors found that the book included statements from the Nazi leader that are of "an anti-Slavic and anti-Semitic character."

The book will be added to a list of titles banned in Russia. Owning or distributing any volume on the list is illegal.

Trevor-Roper, who died in 2003, was an Oxford professor and a noted historian. During the Second World War, he worked for the British intelligence services and, after the war, investigated the circumstances surrounding Hitler's death.
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john trost kuehn - 7/16/2008

A fascinating piece of news. Does anyone know if Vasily Grossman's _Life and Fate_ is also on the list? I cannot imagine that if Putin were aware of this book he would tolerate its availability. Then again, who knows? Someone in the KGB recognized its merit and had it smuggled out to the west. However, I doubt it was the New Prime Minister of all the Russias.

john t. kuehn, phd

john trost kuehn - 7/16/2008