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Letter: Europe too volatile for 'Kampf'

As a strong advocate for freedom of speech, my inclination would be to favor post-war publication of "Mein Kampf" ["Europe's pols should put WWII to rest," Opinion, April 20]. It would also be in keeping with a comparison Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once made between the mind of a bigot and the pupil of an eye: The more light you shine on it, the more it contracts.

But with the ever-existing undercurrent of anti-Semitism in Europe now at overt and violent levels, I question the value and propriety of publishing even a heavily annotated volume. Columnist Leonid Bershidsky may undermine his own argument for publication by characterizing the leaders and intellectuals prone to hate as "too young to know what they're talking about."

Therein lies the problem and the need to be vigilant and be the voice of the past.

Michael S. Lesman, Merrick