For the first time in 70 years, a new edition of Adolf Hitler’s propaganda book “Mein Kampf” will be printed in Germany next year.
In January 2016, the Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History, or IfZ, will issue an annotated version of the Nazi dictator’s manifesto, including 5,000 scholarly comments. The aim is to “demystify ‘Mein Kampf’,” the research institute wrote in a statement. The Bavarian state government initially provided the IfZ with €500,000, or $530,000, in funding but pulled out of the project in 2013 because it deemed the issue was too sensitive.
The book, which in its English translation can be found the world over, from Amazon in the United States to street markets in India, was banned in Germany after World War II.
While satirical takes on Nazism and the Third Reich have become socially acceptable in Germany in recent years, reprints of “Mein Kampf” are still legally prohibited, and owning or reading it is shunned by Germans. The state government of Bavaria has used its copyright of the book to stop any publication – until now.
By the end of this year, 70 years after Adolf Hitler’s death, the copyright will expire, and reprints will be possible.