Mein Kampf legalised: Bavaria drops veto on German edition of Adolf Hitler's manifesto
Bavaria has cleared the way for Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf to be published in Germany for the first time since the Second World War.
The state owns the copyright for the book and had blocked all attempts to publish a new German language edition because of fears that it would encourage a resurgence of the far right. However, the copyright, which transferred to the state of Bavaria after the Nazi party’s publishing house Eher Verlag was liquidated in 1945, expires next year.
Plans to republish the book with an academic commentary early in 2016 were approved in 2012, but last December the idea was blocked following complaints from Holocaust survivors. Bavaria then declared that the book was “seditious” and should never appear in print in German.
However, the state has now revised its ruling. “We have changed our minds,” said Ludwig Spaenle, the Bavarian Minister of Culture, on Wednesday. He said Bavaria would not oppose the project because it was in the interests of “freedom of science”.
Bavaria had initially supported the academic version with €500,000 funding. But now the state will withdraw its financial support, and the book is expected to be published by Munich’s Institute of Contemporary History.
Some members of the Bavarian legislature had been angered by the state’s decision to block the annotated version. After decades of opposition, Germany’s Central Council of Jews also swung in favour of an academic version of Mein Kampf.
Stefan Kramer, the council’s general secretary, said the internet had made him change his views. “It is very important that young people should see the critical version when they click on to Mein Kampf on the web,” he said. The book has been available in translation and in countries outside Germany for decades.
Hitler wrote Mein Kampf, which means “My Struggle”, in 1924 while serving a four-year prison term. The book contains his views on racial purity and his hatred of communists and Jews. It also hints at his plans for the Holocaust.
Co-creator Mark Gatiss dropped some very intriguing hints ahead of the BBC drama's return next year
London 'needs affordable housing'
Mr and Mrs Smith star admits she's 'never been comfortable on-screen'
Singer was ordered not to 'blow her rape whistle' in song 'Vegas'
- 1 Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 2 Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Pastafarian former porn star Asia Lemmon allowed to wear colander in driving licence photo
- 5 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Duchess of Alba dead: Billionaire Spanish duchess who lived life by her own rules, dies at 88
These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? And why has nobody taken legal action?
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading firms of Cha...
£9 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: We are currently recruiting for a care ...
£16000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Ground-worker required for an e...
£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cardiff: We are currently recruiting f...