Bavarian official backs new Mein Kampf edition

Bavaria’s science minister wants to publish a new scholarly edition of Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” ahead of 2015, when the state’s exclusive rights to the work expire, daily Handelsblatt reported on Monday.

Bavarian official backs new Mein Kampf edition
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“There is a danger that charlatans and neo-Nazis will usurp this infamous work when the copyright runs out,” Wolfgang Heubisch told the paper from Munich. “Which is why I believe we need a scientifically grounded, excellently prepared critical edition.”

The rights to the book, owned by the Bavarian Finance Ministry, will run out 70 years after the Nazi dictator’s death. The state has forbidden the reproduction of the text due to fears of its misuse.

First published in 1925, “Mein Kampf,” or “My Struggle,” is an autobiographical outline of the Nazi dictator’s political ideology written during a four-year stint in prison after a failed attempt to start a revolution in 1923.

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