With the expiration of the 70-year copyright the forbidden work has been reprinted by the Munich Institute for Contemporary History. The head of the institute, Andreas Wirsching, said he wasn't expecting such a high demand for the book, which appeared on German bookstore shelves on Friday, Reuters reported.
Focused on an alleged global Jewish conspiracy, Mein Kampf is regarded as one of the Nazis' main propaganda tools. Thus, the news about re-issuing the work provoked controversy in Germany, which is still struggling with its Nazi past and its role in the deaths of over 6 million Jews during the Holocaust.
Several German Jewish community leaders argued that the "anti-Semitic diatribe" still poses a threat and should remain prohibited, but the institute defended the new 2000-page scholarly edition, saying that about 3,500 comments were added to the text, unveiling the truth behind Hitler's rant.
"The edition unmasks Hitler's false allegations, his whitewashing and outright lies," Wirsching said.
Co-editor of the edition, Christian Hartmann, said the book is more of a symbol than a historical source and that the publishers aimed at "dismantling that symbol once and for all."