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June 29, 2016

'Mein Kampf' Profits to Benefit Care for Holocaust Survivors

Publishing house Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has agreed to give its proceeds from the sale of Adolf Hitler's notorious manifesto Mein Kampf to a nonprofit that provides care for elderly Holocaust survivors, The Boston Globe reports. The Boston-based firm reversed a 2015 decision to donate earnings from the book to cultural organizations for projects promoting tolerance generally, a move that outraged Jewish leaders.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will instead make an ongoing grant to Waltham, Mass.-based Jewish Family & Children’s Service to support the charity's Schechter Holocaust Services program. The company has published Mein Kampf since 1933 and reportedly earns tens of thousands of dollars a year on the sales. From 2000 until last year, the profits supported organizations that fought anti-Semitism or promoted Holocaust education.

“We have heard voices on many sides of this debate and they reflect the complexity of the issue,” said Andrew Russell, the publisher's director of corporate social responsibility. “We appreciate the honest and thoughtful dialogue that has occurred amongst those who care deeply about this important work.”