New edition of Hitler’s book Mein Kampf sells out instantly in Germany, one copy on resale on Amazon for N2.1mil

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A critical edition of Hitler’s controversial manifesto, Mein Kampf, was reissued on January 1, 2016, for rigorous academic reading, following the copyright expiration of the previous edition. The book which went on sale on January 8, 2016, was an instant sensation in Germany, where the book had been banned since the second world war.
The 4000 copies printed for sale fell far short of the 15,000 copies ordered. A copy of the book was put up for resale on Amazon.de for £7,521.43 (N2.1mil.)

Mein Kampf new edition

Mein Kampf (new edition)

Commonly referred to by literary critics as a poorly written mess, the book, written in 1924 while he was in prison and published a year later, was where Hitler first outlined his political ideologies, wildly antisemitic, that would go on to define the 20th century.
Copies of the heavily annotated 2,000-page version of the book will go on sale on January 9 after three years of labour by scholars at Munich’s Institute for Contemporary History.
According to the Institute, the annotated version looks at key historical questions:
“How were his theses conceived? What objectives did he have? And most important: which counterarguments do we have, given our knowledge today of the countless claims, lies and assertions of Hitler?”

Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf (old edition)

President of the Central Council of Jews, Germany’s main Jewish group, Josef Schuster, said the group has no objections to the critical edition but strongly supports ongoing efforts to prevent any new ‘Mein Kampf’ without annotations.
Authors argue that the critical edition will serve to ‘deconstruct and put into context Hitler’s writing’ with the aim to demystify the 800-page rant.
Mein Kampf means ‘My Struggle.’
Source: Daily Mail

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