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Berlin Theater Takes on 'Mein Kampf'

Scene from mein kampf by sebastian Kahnert DPA
Copies of "Mein Kampf" from abroad on stage in Germany.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    As the ban on Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” expires at the end of the year, a theater company has put the book on stage.

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    • The conceptual production presents a variety of characters from an older German judge to a young Israeli journalist and a Turkish rapper discussing the book and its meanings.
    • The play is being produced at a time when “Mein Kampf” is no longer covered by copyright laws, though it has remained in circulation as an Internet download and is popular in countries where anti-Semitism is accepted.
    • Rimini Protokoll spent two years developing the project.
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Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” is back and appearing on stage in Weimar.

Written by Hitler from prison following a failed coup, “Mein Kampf” became a bestseller in Nazi Germany. He wrote a second volume, “The National Socialist Movement,” at the turn of the year 1926-27.

“Mein Kampf,” published 90 years ago by Munich publisher Franz Eher, has been banned in Germany since the end of World War II. The ban will expire at the end of this year.

Now, a German drama company, the Rimini Protokoll, has created a discursive piece about the book for a theater in Weimar, called “Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.”

Under the direction of theater producers Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel, the stage presentation aims to explore how the taboo book achieved its almost mythical status.

It uses a handful of people, like a young Israeli journalist and a Turkish rapper, who talk about how they came to encounter the book in their lives.

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