Also offensive is the fact that Jewish taxpayers will be financing the reissue.
As a side note: It should be mandatory throughout the West that only issues of a heavily annotated koran be made available, that contains the proper understanding of the koran, that being, it’s the Mein Kampf of an Islamic supremacist, anti-Semite and tyrant, who insisted that his followers take over the world through war or by stealth, converting, subjugating or killing those who come under their control.
Mein Kampf’: A historical tool, or Hitler’s voice from beyond the grave?
Germany is getting ready for the first new run of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” since the end of World War II. (Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)
By Anthony Faiola February 24 at 2:31 PM
MUNICH — Old copies of the offending tome are kept in a secure “poison cabinet,” a literary danger zone in the dark recesses of the vast Bavarian State Library. A team of experts vets every request to see one, keeping the toxic text away from the prying eyes of the idly curious or those who might seek to exalt it.
“This book is too dangerous for the general public,” library historian Florian Sepp warned as he carefully laid a first edition of “Mein Kampf” — Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto of hate — on a table in a restricted reading room.
Nevertheless, the book that once served as a kind of Nazi bible, banned from domestic reprints since the end of World War II, will soon be returning to German bookstores from the Alps to the Baltic Sea.
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The prohibition on reissue for years was upheld by the state of Bavaria, which owns the German copyright and legally blocked attempts to duplicate it. But those rights expire in December, and the first new print run here since Hitler’s death is due out early next year. The new edition is a heavily annotated volume in its original German that is stirring an impassioned debate over history, anti-Semitism and the latent power of the written word.
The Institute for Contemporary History editorial team works on the design of the new edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München — Berlin/Alexander Markus Klotz)
The book’s reissue, to the chagrin of critics, is effectively being financed by German taxpayers, who fund the historical society that is producing and publishing the new edition. Rather than a how-to guidebook for the aspiring fascist, the new reprint, the group said this month, will instead be a vital academic tool, a 2,000-page volume packed with more criticisms and analysis than the original text.
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Still, opponents are aghast, in part because the book is coming out at a time of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and as the English and other foreign-language versions of “Mein Kampf” — unhindered by the German copyrights — are in the midst of a global renaissance.
Although authorities here struck deals with online sellers such as Amazon.com to prohibit sales in Germany, new copies of “Mein Kampf” have become widely available via the Internet around the globe. In retail stores in India, it is enjoying strong popularity as a self-help book for Hindu nationalists. A comic-book edition was issued in Japan. A new generation of aficionados is also rising among the surging ranks of the far right in Europe. The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece, for instance, has stocked “Mein Kampf” at its bookstore in Athens.