Did Donald Trump read Mein Kampf

Central Council of Jews outraged by Trump-Hitler comparison

"The portrayal of President Trump as the supposedly new Hitler is tasteless and completely out of place," said Central Council Chairman Josef Schuster.

The current cover picture of the magazine "Stern", which shows US President Donald Trump with a Hitler salute, has met with sharp criticism from the Central Council of Jews in Germany. "The portrayal of President Trump as the supposedly new Hitler is tasteless and completely out of place," said Central Council Chairman Josef Schuster to the Berlin "Tagesspiegel".

As a serious weekly magazine, the "Stern" should refrain from such "relativizing gimmicks", it said. Trump's handling of the anti-Semitic and racist marches in Charlottesville can rightly be criticized, said Schuster. The US President should also take vigorous action against right-wing extremists in his own country and not equate them with the counter-demonstrators.

"But depicting President Trump with the Hitler salute and the subtitle 'His Struggle' belittles the Nazis' eliminatory work and relativizes Hitler's ideological propaganda pamphlet 'Mein Kampf'," he added. Hitler's writing paved the way for the mass murder of the Jews by the Nazis.

The photo montage on the "Stern" title shows Trump, wrapped in a US flag, raising his arm in the Hitler salute. Under the headline "His Struggle" it reads: "Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, Racism: How Donald Trump Stokes Hatred in America."

Trump caused outrage with his reaction to the violence of right-wing extremist groups in the US city of Charlottesville in mid-August. The president blamed both racist groups and counter-demonstrators for the riots. A 32-year-old counter-demonstrator was killed in Charlottesville when a 20-year-old neo-Nazi apparently purposely drove his car into a group of opponents of the march.