First published in 1925, Mein Kampf details Hitler's political views and plans for Germany's future. The new controversial edition printed by the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History contains some 3,500 annotations and footnotes by historians to critique and refute the Nazi leader's ideology.
First published in 1925, Mein Kampf details Hitler's political views and plans for Germany's future. The new controversial edition printed by the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History contains some 3,500 annotations and footnotes by historians to critique and refute the Nazi leader's ideology. EPA - MATTHIAS BALK

Hitler's autobiography goes on sale in Germany

FOR 70 years, the reprinting of Adolf Hitler's autobiography 'Mein Kampf' (My Struggle) was prohibited in Germany because of fears that it could be used as right-wing propaganda. On Friday, however, the book hit German bookshelves again.

But many stores are moving cautiously. The BBC reported that one of Berlin's largest bookstores had ordered only a single copy and was not advertising it. Other retailers are also trying to avoid any suggestion that they are hoping to make money off "the Devil," as Hitler was dubbed in criticism that emerged before the book was republished.

The manifesto is regarded as the foundation of Hitler's brutal ideology and remains controversial today. Originally released in 1925, nearly 10 years before Hitler came to power, the book laid out a violent vision that would lead to WWII and the Holocaust.

"This book is too dangerous for the general public," library historian Florian Sepp told my colleague Anthony Faiola last year, reflecting a sentiment echoed in Germany on Friday.

'Mein Kampf' has long been available in other countries, but German officials had kept it out of the nation. Copies were stored in a secured area of Bavaria's State Library in southern Germany, and anyone wanting access had to submit a formal request.


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