Mein Kampf 2012
German Jews Accept First-Ever Republication of Hitler’s Manifesto
Today marks the 64th birthday of Israel. But it also marks the first time since the end of World War II that Adolf Hitler’s self-proclaimed magnum opus, ‘Mein Kampf’, will be re-published, reports The Local.
The German state of Bavaria, which owns the rights to print the hate-filled memoir, has said it will release a new edition with scholarly commentary before its copyright runs out in 2015, at which time commercial publishers will have the opportunity to publish the text.
But German Jews are not worried. The head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, called the decision "responsible" and a "good idea."
"If it is going to be released, then I prefer seeing a competent annotated version from the Bavarian state than profit-seekers trying to make money with Nazis," he said in an interview.
"I would of course prefer it if the book disappeared on a dust heap of contempt but that will not happen.”
Although the book is not banned in Germany, a blanket refusal to permit sales of old copies or reprints has been in place since the dictator’s demise.
Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Söder told reporters that the edition will be filled with respected historians' commentary, making it virtually impossible to use the book for far-right propaganda purposes.
"We want to make clear what nonsense is in there - with, however, catastrophic consequences," he said.
A spokesman for the ministry noted that the government is proceeding with extreme caution: "We are aware of our responsibility," spokesman Thomas Neumann stated. "We believe we can demystify the book with a clean edition."
The book, whose title ironically translates into “My Struggle," is widely available on the Internet and remains to this day a text of biblical proportions for antisemites worldwide.
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