Kim Dotcom's signed copy of 'Mein Kampf': Should ethics override freedom?

27/03/2014

Should Kim Dotcom keep his prized copy of Mein Kampf, destroy it or give it to a German museum?

On the eve of the launch of his Internet Party, the net entrepreneur spoke to 3 News, unaware which path the interview would take.

As it happened, the question of war memorabilia came up and Dotcom confessed to owning possibly the rarest copy of Adolf Hitler's book, in English 'My Struggle'.

"I'm a Call of Duty player right, so if you know the game Call of Duty it's all about World War II," says Dotcom. "I'm a big fan of that and I've bought material from Stalin, from Churchill and Hitler."

The news has drawn both criticism and defence of the possession, with the president of the RSA David Moger telling Sean Plunket that Dotcom was free in a post-war society to own any items he chooses.

"Our servicemen and women over the years have fought for freedom. It is that freedom that allows people, within the bounds of the laws of the land, to exercise that freedom in ways that we may not personally agree with," he said.

President of the NZ Jewish Council Steven Goodman, however, was concerned by the revelations, saying it compounded "the suffering that occurred, not just to Jews, but to all the other groups that were persecuted by the Nazis." He went on to say it "very much dishonours the efforts of the New Zealand soldiers who fought and died to defeat this tyranny."

Is it wrong or right, do you agree or disagree and should keep or get rid of the book?

Watch the 3 News report here:

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