A resurgent interest in the early poetry of Adolph Hitler has resulted in the banning of the infamous dictator's Little Book of Verse by the City of Boston School District. Hitler's Little Book of Verse was originally banned in Germany after a double blind study showed anti-Semitic behaviour cropping up in 37% of those who read the poems three times or more. The book has since been banned in France, Sweden and Italy as well.
The unusual book of poetry, published posthumously, was purportedly written during what is dubbed as his 'romantic period' when he was in his early 20's. There is no overt reference to race or anything political, which makes its power to transfer anti-Semitic feelings into innocent minds even more frightening. Some, such as Professor Helmut Flesch, have suggested that the poems were in actuality produced by the Nazi propaganda machine in the late 1930's and are not authentic. "Adolph Hitler did not have a poetic bone in his body." Flesch exclaimed.
Cambridge scholar Dr. William Taylor disagrees. "Many of these poems, especially the earliest works, show that Hitler has a softer gentler side than people want to believe, and this is why some histrionic politicians and academics are banning this book," said Dr. Taylor.
But the evidence is mounting that the poems have a sinister subversive power. Edna Fremont of Long Island stated, "My daughter was never an anti-Semite before reading this book. She now spends hours every week practising the goose step and buying up Nazi memorabilia on eBay."
"Banning the book is an overreaction," counters Thomas Pitt, the lone vote against banning the book on the Boston School Board. "Latent anti-Semites will come out of the closet sooner or later anyways."
There is at least one death attributed to the book in this country. A hairdresser, Anita Everett, is currently on trial for allegedly pushing a Jewish bookkeeper into the path of an oncoming subway train in New York. A dog-eared copy of Hitler's Little Book of Verse was found in her purse at the scene of the crime.
Advocates for free speech have been surprisingly silent on the subject.