Is Germany Ready for Mein Kampf?
Access to banned book would sap its power, some Germans argue
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2008 10:30 AM CDT
Adolph Hitler's "Mein Kampf" was first published in 1925.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Adolf Hitler's banned hate-filled manifesto Mein Kampf should be returned to the nation's bookstores, some Germans argue. A critical edition—annotated to put the tome "into context"—would demystify it and shed light on the author's mad ramblings, they say. The push comes as the book's copyright nears expiration, raising worries that new reprints could be misused by far-right extremists, reports Time.

But not everyone believes there's a need—or demand—for lifting the ban. "Your average Joe just isn't interested in such a publication," said one Berlin-based historian, who argues the book wouldn't reach the intended audience. Any policy change must come from the German government, and so far that looks unlikely.