Hitler book seller investigated for hate crimes

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Michiel van Eyck, an Amsterdam gallery owner who sells copies of Mein Kampf, announced today he must report to the police Tuesday. "I will be interviewed by the police, they want to hear my side of the story," says Van Eyck.

Van Eyck has been selling copies of the infamous book, which was written by Adolf Hitler, in his Totalitarian Art Gallery for some time now. Jewish Federation Netherlands filed a police report against the gallery owner since the end of October. The organization states the trade is a form of hate speech and that it is forbidden by law to sell Mein Kampf.

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The gallery owner believes the book is of historical value, which suits his collection. "I think it's great that I have to report to the police, I'm not afraid of anything." He believes the law should be changed and does not intend to withdraw the copies from his collection. "I will go to court over this."

He currently has a few copies of Mein Kampf in the store. The interest in the forbidden book has increased since a few months ago his trade attracted publicity. "I have recently sold more copies than before."

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