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    An association of German teachers has reportedly called for an annotated edition of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" to be taught in the country's high schools; the goal is to help "inoculate" teenagers against political extremism.

    An annotated edition of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" may be soon be taught in Germany's high schools, the German teachers' association (Deutschen Lehrerverbandes) said, referring to the need to help "inoculate" teenagers against political extremism, according to the German business newspaper Handelsblatt.

    The news outlet quoted the association's head Josef Kraus as saying that some passages from Hitler's "propaganda pamphlet" should be taught to students aged 16 and over by "savvy history and politics teachers."

    According to him, the "inflammatory" text of the book could help "inoculate adolescents against political extremism".

    Strongly opposing the idea was eminent German Jewish community leader Charlotte Knobloch, who called the use of the "profoundly anti-Jewish diatribe" as teaching material an irresponsible step.

    Earlier this month, it was reported that a new edition of Hitler’s manifesto is due to be published in Germany for the first time since the end of the Second World War.

    The two-volume, 2,000-page academic edition prepared by the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History is to appear on bookstore shelves across Germany after the New Year.

    The first post-WWII critical edition in German will follow the termination of Adolf Hitler’s copyright, which according to German law expires at the end of 2015, 70 years after the Nazi leader’s death, according to the European news website The Local.

    Written in 1923, Hitler’s Mein Kampf or ‘My Struggle’, his opus detailing the National Socialist German Worker’s Party’s hate-filled ideological doctrine, has been translated into dozens of languages.

    Since 1945, however, there have been no new editions of Mein Kampf in German, although earlier copies of the manifesto have circulated worldwide and the book is available online. In 2010, Russia banned Mein Kampf as part of its attempts to stop the glorification of Nazism.


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