Hitler's Mein Kampf to be republished in Germany

Hitler's Mein Kampf to be republished in Germany

Adolf Hitler’s political manifesto Mein Kampf is to be published for the first time in Germany since the end of the Second World War, the BBC has reported.

The Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich will print up to 4,000 copies featuring critical notes made by scholars next month.

The move has been criticised by Jewish groups, which have argued that Nazi works should never be republished.

However, IfZ director Andreas Wirsching said publishing the text along with comments from experts will “shatter the myth” surrounding the book that was originally printed in 1925 – eight years before Hitler came to power.

The Allied forces handed the copyright for the book to the state of Bavaria after Nazi Germany was defeated in 1945.

The local authorities have refused to allow the book to be reprinted since to prevent incitement of hatred, but under German copyright law, which lasts for 70 years, publishers will be able to have free access to the original text from January 2016.

German officials have said they will limit public access to the text due to fears that it could stir neo-Nazi sentiment.

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