Prague Daily Moniter
July 29, 2013
The Czech police suspect two men of denying, challenging, approving and justifying genocide by publishing a book of selected speeches of Adolf Hitler, police spokeswoman Petra Vedrova told CTK Friday.
The book, Adolf Hitler: Projevy (Speeches), appeared in Czech bookshops last year.
The publisher, Pavel Kamas, told CTK that he and his aide Lukas Beer, who wrote the preface and some comments, are the suspects in focus of the police.
Kamas previously said the book’s goal is to offer Hitler’s hitherto practically unaccessible speeches to readers as a chance for them to make their own opinion.
Vedrova said the two men are suspected of misdemeanour and their trial may start within two weeks.
In the past months, the book came under the criticism of experts, who said Hitler’s speeches were an instrument of Nazi propaganda and may be misleading if published without any comments of experts.
Kamas has defended the book from the beginning.
“Lukas Beer is a top quality author and an expert in the problem at issue, he is no ideological criminal. As for me, I’m a mere publisher. We both view the accusation as a gross violation of the freedom of speech and expression, which is guaranteed by the constitution,” Kamas wrote in a statement for CTK.
The controversial book was issued by the Guidemedia publisher’s house. Some sellers have withdrawn it from bookshops recently.