February 22, 2015
Since the Second World War, Germany has not published Mein Kampf, for they obviously fear that Germans will again believe in National Socialism and commence a second Holocaust, or something to that effect.
Now a new 2,000-page German-language edition is set to be published. It will consist of Hitler’s original two volume, twenty-seven chapter structure; but the caveat is that more than half of the edition will consist of 5,000 anti-Hitler, anti-National Socialist annotations and an anti-Hitler, anti-National Socialist introduction to boot.
Last year, IfZ director Andreas Wirsching, said that the institute have turned its edition of ‘Mein Kampf’ into “an anti-Hitler text.”
The German State of Bavaria currently owns the rights for the book, but they expire at the end of 2015.
Bavarian authorities initially supported the republication of ‘Mein Kampf’, promising to invest €500,000 into the project in 2012.
State of Bavaria minister-president, Horst Seehofer, however, ultimately changed his stance on the project after a trip to Israel.
In 2014, justice ministers from all the German states ruled to prolong the ban on publishing non-annotated copies of “Mein Kampf” in the country.
Issuing an unedited copy of the book will result in prosecution for incitement to hatred, the ministers warned.