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    It’s Official: Germany Prints New Edition of Mein Kampf, Sells Next Week

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    A Munich-based publisher, The Institute for Contemporary History, is republishing Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s semi-autobiographical book “Mein Kampf” in Germany, with a $63 retail price, starting next week.

    According to the publisher, the book explains "lies, half-truths and vicious tirades," behind Hitler's Nazi racist hostility that led to tens of millions of deaths in World War II. At the end of the war, the copyright for the book was transferred by the Allies to German Bavaria.

    The original "Mein Kampf" copyright expired on the last day of 2015, allowing republication of the polarizing book in Germany.

    German historians, intent on remembering the lessons of the past, considered the republication of the book as their duty.

    The publication of a new edition of the notorious book "seeks to thoroughly deconstruct Hitler's propaganda in a lasting manner and thus to undermine the still effective symbolic power of the book," according to the Institute for Contemporary History.

    Hitler detailed his intent in two volumes written between 1924 and 1926, prior to the rise of the Nazis.

    Republication or redistribution of the original 600-page version of the book in the German language was previously banned by a German court.

    This is the first new edition of the book since 1945 printed in German, although other copies of the polemic have circulated worldwide and the book is available online.

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