70 years after the world stood silence as Jews were killed , Hitler’s infamous book is set to go back on sale in Germany.
Historians are readying a new, edition of the Nazi leader’s “Mein Kampf” which will be released in January. The Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History (IFZ) — a government-funded research institution — plans to publish once the copyright to the text expires at the end of the year.
It will feature a total of 3,700 comments providing analysis on its content — which doubles the number of pages of the original version.
By 1945 — the year of Hitler’s death and the fall of his Nazi regime — more than 12 million copies of the book had been printed.
After World War II, the Allied powers gave the copyright of the book to the German state of Bavaria. It has refused to allow it to be republished out of respect for victims of the Holocaust as well as concern that reproducing could breach German law.
However, all the time English-language editions of “Mein Kampf” are accessible online in full and the possession of the book is not unlawful.
“Hitler’s 800-page book is in great parts anti-Semitic, displays imperialistic thinking and violence,” the IFZ’s Christian Hartmann told NBC News. “For Hitler, violence was the livelihood of human existence.”
Hartmann added that the book is also “full of allusions and assertions, which are difficult to understand in the 21st century,” which is why every sentence will be explained and critically evaluated in the upcoming edition.
For historians in Munich, their new version is an anti-Hitler book, aiming at howing that the dictator’s ideas do not work.
“We want to counter … any symbolic value with our version,” Hartmann said. “It is an attempt to destroy Hitler’s ideology completely.”
For historians who study Hitler’s National Socialism movement, the republication of “Mein Kampf” fills an important gap in the body of research.
However as always the book will serve the right wing.
Jewish activists are worried that alto the intent of republishing the book is in order to educate the researchers about the evil of Hitler the Neo-Nazi’s will use it against the Jews to bolster the Neo Nazi groups.
After German reunification in the 1990s, neo-Nazi groups gained more followers, mostly among disaffected teenagers in the former East Germany. Many were new groups that arose amidst the economic collapse and high unemployment in the former East Germany.