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Guilty conscience: Cameron moved a Hitler biography off his shelf for photograph

A photo taken to help David Cameron publicise his new memoir turned out to be more revealing than he may have wanted.

Eagle-eyed readers of a feature in The Times on Saturday (September 14), noticed an item was missing from his packed bookshelf.

A biography of Adolf Hitler by Ian Kershaw was missing.

It’s true. Take a closer look at the images. Now you see it, in another picture featuring wife Samantha Cameron and her sister Emily Sheffield…

… now you don’t, in the new image featuring Mr Cameron:

It should be borne in mind that there is no reason Mr Cameron should be ashamed of having a biography of Adolf Hitler on his shelves; indeed, some may argue that it is important to understand Nazi Germany in order to avoid repeating the events that led to its establishment. I do wonder whether the trolls who scream “anti-Semitism!” on Twitter at any opportunity would feel the same way if they saw it on my own shelves, though – this is a situation in which there seems to be one rule for some and a different rule for others.

And that’s strange, considering the kind of politician likely to lean towards Nazism – as evidenced by the quickness of readers to make suggestions as to the book’s whereabouts. This was the favourite:

And the commentators were keen to comment on another book, too:

Possibly. More likely, he’ll have to share it with Theresa May and the afore-mentioned Boris Johnson.

Source: David Cameron: People are talking about the former prime minister’s book shelves | indy100

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