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Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf will be available to buy in Germany for the first time in 70 years.

Reprinting the Nazi manifesto was banned after WW2 by Bavaria’s regional government, which held the copyright.

The copyright has now expired and Munich’s Institute of Contemporary History is to publish a new edition.

Mein Kampf’s new versions are expected in many countries. Historians say the book helps academics understand what happened in the Nazi era.Mein Kampf in Germany

Its annotated version, with thousands of academic notes, will aim is to show that Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is incoherent and badly written, rather than powerful or seductive.

Many Jewish groups have welcomed this particular publication, saying it is important to have access to a critical edition to help explain the Holocaust.

Mein Kampf was originally printed in 1925 – eight years before Adolf Hitler came to power.

After Nazi Germany was defeated in 1945, the Allied forces handed the copyright to the book to the state of Bavaria.

The local authorities have refused to allow the book to be reprinted to prevent incitement of hatred, although the book was so widely printed during the war that it remained relatively easily available.

Under European copyright law, the rights of an author of a literary or artistic work runs for the life of the author and for 70 years after his death – in Adolf Hitler’s case on April 30 1945, when he shot himself in his bunker in Berlin.

Those rights cease on the first day of January, 70 years after Hitler’s death, and so publishers now have free access to the original text.

However, German officials have said they will limit public access to the text amid fears that this could stir neo-Nazi sentiment.


A signed two-volume set of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi treatise Mein Kampf has sold for $64,850 at a Los Angeles auction.

The two volumes date from 1925 and 1926 before Hitler became chancellor of Germany and were purchased by an anonymous American buyer, auctioneer Nate Sanders said.

Adolf Hitler inscribed the cloth-bound volumes, one a first edition and the other a second, to Josef Bauer, an early Nazi party member and SS officer.

The signed two-volume set of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf has sold for $64,850 at Los Angeles auction

The signed two-volume set of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf has sold for $64,850 at Los Angeles auction

The Nazi leader offered Josef Bauer his best wishes in the Christmas season.

The online bidding started at $20,000 and concluded on Thursday night. The books received 11 bids.

Written by Adolf Hitler while he was jailed for his role in a 1923 failed putsch attempt, Mein Kampf (My Struggle) rails against Judaism and communism.

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North Korea has blasted a report that its leader, Kim Jong-un, gave out copies of Adolf Hitler’s memoir Mein Kampf to officials on his birthday.

The report, from a news website run by North Korean defectors, said that senior officials were given the book as a gift in January.

North Korea has denounced the defectors as “human scum” and threatened to kill them.

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf in 1924 while in prison.

The book, which translates as My Struggle in English, outlines his early life and racist views.

News portal New Focus International wrote the original report, citing an unnamed North Korean official in China.

“Mentioning that Hitler managed to rebuild Germany in a short time following its defeat in WWI, Kim Jong-un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked that practical applications be drawn from it,” the source reportedly said.

North Korea has blasted a report that Kim Jong-un gave out copies of Adolf Hitler's memoir Mein Kampf to officials on his birthday

North Korea has blasted a report that Kim Jong-un gave out copies of Adolf Hitler’s memoir Mein Kampf to officials on his birthday

North Korea’s Ministry of People’s Security, which is responsible for policing, issued an angry response which was carried by the country’s official news agency, KCNA.

It dismissed the report as a “smear campaign” written by “a handful of human scum… moving desperately to deter [North Korea’s] progress”.

The defectors were being used by South Korea and the US, it went on.

The ministry was determined to “physically remove [the] despicable human scum who are committing treason”, the statement added.

The two Koreas remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean war ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Ties between the two are currently very tense in the wake of Pyongyang’s February 12 nuclear test.

It is estimated that more than 20,000 North Koreans have defected to the South since the 1950s.

However, fleeing North Korea is dangerous, and defectors who are repatriated to North Korea face punishments including labor camps and execution, activists say.