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>> High-profile visits opened the world's biggest annual book fair in Frankfurt this week. French President Emmanuel Macron opening the event with a speech about the role books play in fighting intolerance and even terrorism. The Frankfurt fair is one of the most important annual events for writers and publishers.
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This year, however, it's caught up in German politics, thanks to this man. Goetz Kubitschek is a leading light of Germany's far right. He's here promoting the surprise best seller, Finis Germania, from his publishing house Antaios. Reuters reporter Douglas Busvine explains.>> This was the collected works of a historian who died recently.
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And it has some pretty controversial points to make, including that the Auschwitz concentration camp was, I quote, the last myth of a totally rationalized world. Now that skates pretty close to Holocaust denial, and that is a crime in Germany.>> Anti-fascist groups are protesting against Kubitschek. Frankfurt's mayor Peter Feldmann joined the course of disapproval, carrying a table laden with anti-intolerance petitions right up to Kubitschek's stall.
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The man himself refused to respond. A self-styled intellectual, he came to prominence speaking at anti-immigration rallies, which helped to ramp up support for Germany's AFD party. The book fair now caught up in an argument over free speech.>> Now the mood at the book fair is one of uncertainty and concern after the general election.
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But it's also the case that the organizers wanted to admit people like Kubitschek, even though they disapprove of his views. That is, after all, what a democracy's all about.>> Kubitschek is, after all, just one of over 7,300 exhibitors from over 102 countries here this year, and the controversy clearly hasn't stopped the visitors from coming.