Lew's AUTHOR BLOG

* my post on the Goodreads Jewish Historical Fiction site regarding the banning of AFOE in Germany

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 13, 2017

AFOE (no swastika) & Lew

 

Posted to Jewish Historical Fiction site … https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6449-jewish-historical-fiction … 

My historical novel A Flood of Evil was BANNED IN GERMANY from early October until yesterday.

Amazon apparently made that decision based on the small swastika on the cover, since removed. (NOTE: my novel is surely not pro-Nazi; quite the opposite.)

Amazon never notified me that my book was removed from their site. I found out by accident when checking the amazon.de site in preparation for an upcoming book club meeting in Germany (via SKYPE).

The Amazon guidelines are not clear. There is no explicit guideline regarding swastikas. There are other books on Amazon’s German site which display swastikas.

Needless to say, I am furious with Amazon for the inconsiderate and discriminatory way they treated me and for the damage they caused me. Among other things, it was impossible to speak directly with the Contents people who made the decision to ban my book, which made resolution doubly difficult.

I would like to know if anyone knows of similar treatment of other books.

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