Finis Germania by Rolf Peter Sieferle has been withdrawn from influential list over right-wing extremist content
The influential German news magazine Der Spiegel has deleted from its bestseller list a book that one of its own editors had pushed up the rankings, after it was found to be antisemitic and historically revisionist.
Finis Germania, or The End of Germany, collects the thoughts of the late historian Rolf Peter Sieferle on the position of Germany, including how it deals with the Holocaust. The book is currently at the top of Amazon.des bestseller chart and this month it entered Der Spiegels bestseller list, which many bookshops use as a basis for promotional displays, in sixth place.
Finis Germania is missing from the list in this weeks issue of the magazine. Many bookshops have followed suit and are not displaying the title.
Susanne Beyer, Der Spiegels deputy editor, said Finis Germania had been omitted because the magazine considered the book posthumously published by a small house, Antaios, known for its far-right leanings to be rightwing extremist, antisemitic and historically revisionist.
Since Der Spiegel understood itself as a medium of enlightenment even on historical subjects, Beyer continued, the magazine had decided not to help advance the sales of such a book.
Beyer admitted that, in June, Finis Germania had made it on to a prestigious list of nonfiction books of the month, after her colleague Johannes Saltzwedel recommended the title.
Saltzwedel, one of the jury members for the non-sales-based recommendations list published by the broadcaster NDR and the Sddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, had used all of his available 20 votes to nominate Sieferles collection of short essays. Usually, jury members divide their votes among several books.