The book which overwhelmed Germans during the 19th century is being brought back to print. Mein Kampf was first printed in 1925 and now it is being republished by the director of the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich (IFZ), Andreas Wirsching. About 85,000 German copies of the anti-Semitic Nazi manifesto have been sold so far. The IFZ will launch the sixth print edition in January.
The new Mein Kampf edition contains notes by scholars and has a plain white cover sans Hitler.
The original Mein Kampf laid out racist ideas, which condoned anti-Semitism and called to oppress Jews and the slaves. It was Hitler’s manifesto for world conquest and his goal of spreading intolerance and hate, which were directly aimed at Jews. These ideas were forcefully enacted during the Second World War, where 6 million Jews were executed. Therefore the decision to republish the inflammatory book was criticized by several Jewish groups.
Wirsching claimed it would be irresponsible to publish the text arbitrarily, hence the IFZ obtained legal advice before republishing the book on a limited scale. The scholarly edition’s publication was geared partly at discouraging any editions put out by Nazi sympathizers.
By: Efrat Baron