Germany's 'Surprise Bestseller': Mein Kampf

85K copies of Hitler's manifesto sold in last year
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2017 10:51 AM CST
Germany's 'Surprise Bestseller': Mein Kampf
A copy of "Hitler, Mein Kampf – A critical edition" is seen in Munich.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Germany has "a surprise bestseller" on its hands, reports the Guardian. Some 85,000 copies of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf sold in Germany in the first year the book was published there since World War II. Andreas Wirsching of the Institute of Contemporary History—which began publishing scholarly copies in January of last year after a copyright expired, with the goal to challenge Hitler's ideas—says the company is "overwhelmed" by the number, which works out to about 233 copies sold per day. A sixth print run will launch at the end of the month and English and French editions are in the works, but Wirsching says "it would be irresponsible to just let this text spread arbitrarily," per the BBC. (Read more Mein Kampf stories.)

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