Sunday, February 26, 2012

Adolf Hitler Sued Future U.S. Senator Alan Cranston For Publishing Unauthorized Version Of Mein Kampf Under Jewish Tutelage -- And Won

The American Nazi Party specializes in taking the educational approach towards national socialism. In keeping with this mission, John Taylor Bowles informs us on N.S. Acumen of the Old Guard that Adolf Hitler once filed a lawsuit against a future U.S. Senator, Alan Cranston, and won. Cranston was accused of copyright violation for publishing an unauthorized abridged English translation of Mein Kampf.

But Bowles just touched the surface of this story. It turns out that Cranston personally met Adolf Hitler once in 1934 while visiting Munich; Cranston recalls, "I saw this man with a glazed look of power in his face". He also read the German-language edition of Mein Kampf. But it wasn't until 1939 that Cranston was in Macy's bookstore in New York, and he saw a big display of Mein Kampf for sale -- the English-language version. Upon examination, he discovered that it was much thinner and less weighty than the German version. After review, Cranston determined that the English-language version had been "sanitized". So he set out to provide his own English-language translation.

However, Cranston did not intend to produce a full translation of the German original. Instead, after a secretary brought the Anti-Defamation League and Benjamin R. Epstein into the mix, Cranston, under Jewish tutelage, produced a 32-page tabloid version that slashed Hitler's 270,000 words to 70,000 words. Cranston described it as a "Reader's Digest-like version (showing) the worst of Hitler", replete with a lurid blood-red cover showing Hitler carving up the world. It sold a half a million copies in 10 days at 10 cents apiece, although some national socialist sympathizers busted up some displays in New York and St. Louis.

So Alan Cranston did not rebut a sanitized version with a complete version, but instead produced a biased, bastardized version distorting Hitler's ideas.

Meanwhile, Houghton Mifflin, Hitler's authorized American publisher, was planning a hardback edition which would sell for $3.00 each. They immediately sued Cranston's publisher, Noram Publishing Co, as well as another bootleg publisher, Stackpole Sons Inc., for copyright infringement. Both publishers defended themselves by claiming that since Hitler was officially stateless between 1918 and 1932, under U.S. copyright law, Mein Kampf was in the public domain and Hitler had no rights to defend. However, in June, 1939, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that Stackpole Sons had infringed on Hitler's copyright, and in July, the U.S. District Court followed suit and ordered Cranston's bootleg press stopped.

Mein Kampf lives on today, posted on line by the National Socialist Party of Canada and JRBooksOnline and Solar General.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think everybody agrees that we need Taylor Bowles to make a go at the white house again this year. If the ANP won't support him on it, then they are no better than the NSM. I don't see why they wouldn't. Rocky can be Taylor's vice president or just help organize his campaign. If Bowles ever had a chance of winning, it is now.

Anonymous said...

A.A.

Any serious scholar of Hitler and the Third Reich will tell you that 1) this is well known and 2) it was Hitler's Publisher that sued, in 1939, keep in mind that Hitler had a Publisher and Agent that acted and took action in these matters and actually engaged in amny suits. What makes this one unique is the defendant, Cranston, who at th time a left-wing crank, and who remained a left-wing crank, even when he was a U.S. Senator. No one here has uncovered some deep unnoticed chapter in history.

Anonymous said...

Give Bowles a break. He's actually trying to talk about something pro-white for a change.