Czech police examining “Neo-Nazi bible” The Turner Diaries|
Police are currently investigating a new Czech translation of so-called
“neo-Nazi bible” The Turner Diaries, a book said to have inspired the 1995
Oklahoma City bombing and other acts of far-right violence. The book – which
describes an Aryan revolution that leads to the extermination of the world’s
non-white peoples - is banned in many European countries and Czech police
must now decide whether it should be banned here too.
The Turner Diaries depicts a violent revolution in America which brings
down the U.S. federal government and ultimately leads to the extermination
of all the world’s Jews and non-white peoples, leaving a global all-white
population of fifty million. It all sounds very exciting, but apparently
it’s very badly written and a rather tedious read.
It was penned by the late American white supremacist William Luther Pierce,
and published in 1978 under the pseudonym ‘Andrew Macdonald’. It was
originally available only by mail order and at gun shows in the U.S., but
is now freely available in the States, not just from white supremacist
websites but also from online bookstores such as Amazon.com (and,
However, The Turner Diaries is banned in most European countries –
neighbouring Germany and Austria for example – and so Czech police are now
examining whether this new Czech edition should be banned under the
country’s race hate laws.
This first Czech edition of the book was published by a company called
Kontingent. A representative of the firm, Lukáš Jirotka, was quoted in
Lidové Noviny newspaper admitting that Kontingent was established in April
with the express purpose of publishing the Turner Diaries in Czech.
But Mr Jirotka denies the firm wanted to promote neo-Nazi ideology, which
is a crime in the Czech Republic. He says the publisher wanted to warn
society of the dangers posed by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups,
claiming that if everyone read the book there would be a great groundswell
of outraged opposition to neo-Nazism.
His true motives, however, might be more prosaic. The Czech edition had an
initial print run of 5000 copies, and it could soon sell out. One big
bookstore on Wenceslas Square is reporting sales of 15-20 copies a day,
which is a substantial figure. We saw in the previous case – when a new
Czech edition of Mein Kampf came out a few years – just how profitable
these controversial books can be for the companies that test the limits of
freedom of speech by publishing them.