January 8, 2016
Translated by Kristina Rus for Fort Russ
Germany removed the ban on publication of the autobiographical book of Adolf Hitler “Mein Kampf”. On January 1st the book is back on the shelves, reports Sky News.
The new edition of “Mein Kampf” worth € 59 has two thousand pages. It is published by the Munich Institute for contemporary history and includes comments from researchers, as well as analysis of the ideology of the Nazi leader, which, according to scientists, is an important historical and educational tool.
The head of the Teachers Association of Germany, Josef Kraus approved the publication of “Mein Kampf”. In his view, scientific commentary, which is provided in the book will help dispel the “dark myth”. “My teaching experience indicates that what is forbidden stokes curiosity”, — he is quoted by Sky News. Kraus is confident that this way, the work of Hitler will be demystified.
The President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder disagrees. In his view, the book sale is offensive to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Lauder notes that the book was available to historians anyway and that it “should have stayed in the “poison cabinet”.
However, the original version of the book, without the comments of historians, will remain banned.
“Mein Kampf” was also reprinted in France, but remains banned in several European countries which survived the Nazi occupation. Among them, Austria and the Netherlands.
The copyright to “Mein Kampf” is owned by the government of Bavaria, which for the entire period of ownership of the copyright refused to print Hitler. According to German law, 70 years after the death of the author the text becomes public property and therefore from 2016 any publisher can print the book.
Hitler wrote “Mein Kampf” in 1924, serving a sentence in a Bavarian prison for organizing the “beer putsch” of 1923. In the book, the author outlined the ideas of national socialism. Its first edition took place in 1925, and eight years later — after Hitler came to power — the book was the most published in Germany, and its reading was mandatory.
In Russia, “Mein Kampf” is included on the list of extremist materials and is not to be published.