Attempt to publish Mein Kampf in Germany

<p>Germany&#39;s Central Council of Jews has backed proposals to republish Adolf Hitler&#39;s manifesto <em>Mein Kampf</em>, which has been banned in the country since the end of the Second World War.</p><p><em>The Independent </em>reports that the organisation&#39;s general secretary, Stephan Kramer, wanted to see an academic edition of the book available to inform future generations of the evils of Nazism.<br /><br />He said: &quot;It makes sense and is important to publish an edition of <em>Mein Kampf</em> with an academic commentary . . . A historically critical edition needs to be prepared today to prevent neo-Nazis profiting from it.&quot;<br /><br />Kramer added that young people could already view <em>Mein Kampf </em>on the web and it was &ldquo;more important&rdquo; that they should see a critical version online.<br /><br />Rights to the book are held by the southern state of Bavaria, which is opposed to re-publishing it. A Bavarian government spokesman said: &quot;We won&#39;t lift the ban as it may play straight into the hands of the far right . . . Prohibition is highly regarded by Jewish groups and we mean to keep it that way.&quot; <br /><br />These rights expire in 2015 and the courts have yet to determine whether the laws banning distribution of Nazi propaganda can prevent the book from appearing in Germany. Munich&#39;s Institute for Contemporary History has applied for permission to reprint the work after 2015.</p>