>> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.