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Germany’s first new copies of Mein Kampf in 70 years aim to shatter myth of book

December 2nd, 2015

The first run of Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition would be limited to between 3,500 and 4,000 copies, he said.

Plans to publish the new version have been controversial and drawn fire especially from Jewish groups, who have argued the book is dangerous and should never be printed again.

“We have to strip away the allure of this book and show the reality,” said Mr Wirsching

One of two rare copies of 'Mein Kampf' signed by the young Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and due for auction, photographed in Los Angeles, California on February 25, 2014

Mein Kampf (My Struggle) was written by Hitler in 1924 while languishing in prison after a failed coup.

Authorities in the southern state of Bavaria were handed the copyright by Allied forces after the Second World War.

For seven decades, they have refused to allow it to be republished out of respect for victims of the Nazis and to prevent incitement of hatred.

But at the end of the year the copyright runs out so that Mein Kampf falls into the public domain on January 1.

“This is not just a source” for the study of Nazi ideology, said the historian responsible for the project, Christian Hartmann. “It is also a symbol and it is one of the last relics of the Third Reich.”


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Book claiming Vichy regime is ‘misunderstood’ and ‘tried to save Jews’ is France’s bestseller

October 14th, 2014

The work is the latest in a long line of books by French authors charting the alleged decline of a once great nation.

It argues that economic stagnation and immigration have damaged France’s national identity, but it stands out from its peers with its radical assertion that the Vichy regime is the victim of a historical orthodoxy that is blind to the realities of wartime France.

Mr Zemmour, the son of Jewish Berbers who emigrated from Algeria in the 1950s, argues that three quarters of France’s Jews were “saved by the strategy of [Vichy leader] Philippe Pétain and [wartime Prime Minister] Pierre Laval in the face of German demands”.

He claims in his 544-page book that the two leaders “sacrificed foreign Jews [living in France] in order to save French Jews” but that political correctness prevents this from being acknowledged.

Around 75,000 Jews – both French nationals and refugees – were sent from France to death camps. Only a handful survived.

Mr Zemmour in particular blames the US historian Robert Paxton – whose 1972 book “Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order” is credited with making the French aware of the complicity of the Vichy regime in the Holocaust – for distorting what he sees as the reality of wartime France.


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