By Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Correspondent

Stephan Kramer, the general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, thinks that prohibition of publishing Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” in Germany should be lifted.

Normally I would applaud any advance toward universal free speech, but that is not what Herr Kramer is interested in. He favors the publication of a scholarly and carefully annotated edition, what he calls a “critical version” of the Nazi manifesto, not – God forbid – its unfettered printing and distribution.

In a recent interview with British paper The Independent, Kramer urges that “a historically critical edition needs to be prepared today to prevent neo-Nazis profiting from it.”