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Mein Kampf to be republished in Germany in early 2016

February 26th, 2015

But that copyright expires in December, meaning a new, heavily annotated, version will be published by Germany’s Institute for Contemporary History in January.

“I understand some immediately feel uncomfortable when a book that played such a dramatic role is made available again to the public,” Magnus Brechtken, the institute’s deputy director, told the Washington Post. “On the other hand, I think that this is also a useful way of communicating historical education and enlightenment – a publication with the appropriate comments, exactly to prevent these traumatic events from ever happening again.”

Jewish groups argued the book was “outside of human logic”.

The new version will be 2,000 pages long – far longer than Hitler’s 700-page original – because it will include critical commentary of Hitler’s writing.

Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle), in 1924 while in a Bavarian prison, and combined elements of autobiography with his views on Aryan “racial purity”, his hatred of Jews and his opposition to communism.

Millions of copies were distributed before his death in 1945.

The book is unusually popular in India, where it is sold in book shops and by hawkers at train stations.

A signed copy of the book was sold at auction in Ludlow, Shropshire, in 2009 for £21,000.

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