Germany to reprint Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' for first time in nearly 70 years

Herald Sun, Australia/April 25, 2012

The German state of Bavaria will publish a new version of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in a bid to stop neo-Nazi groups from capitalising on the 1925 book.

Bavaria, in southern Germany, has held the copyright to the Nazi leader's work since he killed himself in 1945 - but it expires in 2015, weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported.

Authorities were concerned that neo-Nazis would begin spreading Mein Kampf to younger audiences, with Bavaria powerless to stop it.

Finance minister Markus Soder said today, "The expiration of the copyright in three years' time could lead to more young people reading Mein Kampf."

The new versions - which could include one aimed at schools and an audiobook - would include commentaries debunking Hitler's arguments and notes on "the global catastrophe that this dangerous way of thinking led to," Soder added.

Mein Kampf has not been published in Germany since the end of the World War II, although it was not officially banned. Hitler dictated it while imprisoned following a failed coup in 1923 in Munich.

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