Hitler's Mein Kampf to Be Republished in Germany For First Time Since WWII

Mein Kampf Book - H 2015
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Mein Kampf Book - H 2015

Critics are outraged that the book will be reprinted.

Adolf Hitler's autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf is set to be reissued in Germany for the first time since World War II. 

While Mein Kampf (translated, it means My Struggle) wasn't banned in postwar Germany, the reprinting of the book was. This prohibition was upheld by the state of Bavaria, which has owned the German copyright. That copyright expires December of this year.

According to the Washington Post, the historical society publishing the new edition claims the reprint will be used as an academic historical tool, annotated with criticisms and analysis.

Many people are appalled by the book's reprinting, especially since there has recently been a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe. "I am absolutely against the publication of 'Mein Kampf,' even with annotations. Can you annotate the Devil? Can you annotate a person like Hitler?" Levi Salomon, spokesman for the Berlin-based Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism, told the Washington Post. "This book is outside of human logic."

The book is currently available online and in countries like the U.S., India and Greece in a variety of languages, but 2016 will be the first time it is republished in Germany.