When you think of great leaders in recent history, numerous names might come to mind. Obama, Mandela, Gandhi, and…Hitler? One Indian publisher thought so and is now facing the inevitable backlash, even after removing the book from its online store.
The children’s book, entitled Leaders (or Great Leaders according to the publisher’s website), was published in 2016 by Pegasus, an imprint of India’s B. Jain Publishing Group. According to The Guardian, it features biographies of eleven “amazing leaders” who “devoted their lives [to] the betterment of their country and people.” Hitler is one of six of these leaders to also be pictured on the cover.
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In an interview with the New York Times prior to the book’s removal, Annshu Juneja, Pegasus’s publishing director, explained, “We are not talking about his conduct or his views or whether he was a good leader or a bad leader but simply portraying how powerful he was as a leader.”
The book was finally removed after the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a human rights organization dedicated to “researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context,” protested the book, calling it an abomination. In a statement on the center’s website, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said, “The children of India deserve to learn the truth ultimate evil that Hitler and his genocidal Nazi ideology represented.”
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