Hitler's Mein Kampf Getting Republished

Germany prepares as copyright expires
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2012 9:19 AM CDT
Adolf Hitler's infamous memoir "Mein Kampf" is presented during a news conference in Nuremberg, southern Germany, Tuesday, April 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/dapd, Lennart Preiss)

(Newser) – German readers will soon be able to get their hands on something that hasn't been available since the end of World War II: a new edition of Hitler's Mein Kampf. The state of Bavaria holds the copyright and has effectively blocked any new prints over the decades, explains AP. But that copyright expires in 2015, and authorities there hope to circumvent neo-Nazis by putting out an annotated version that seeks to debunk Hitler's anti-Semitic ramblings.

"We want to make clear what nonsense it contains and what a worldwide catastrophe this dangerous body of thought led to," says the Bavarian finance minister. The state plans to publish a "commercially unattractive" copy, along with a version for students, an English-language edition, an e-book, and an audio book, notes the Independent. While out of print in Germany, the book has long been available in the US and other countries.

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