The bible of Nazism, Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) had not been published in Germany since 1945, when the victorious Allied forces banned it and gave the copyright to Bavaria, which in turn refused to allow reprints. Despite such efforts, publishers in various other countries printed copies of the work, and it could easily be found on the Internet. On January 1, 2016, however, Mein Kampf entered the public domain, paving the way for the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich to release a new edition. The 2,000-page work, which took three years to complete and contains some 3,500 annotations, arrived in German bookstores on January 8.
The book’s release was decried by many who worried that its virulent anti-Semitism would incite hate and violence. The institute’s historians, however, stated that their edition deconstructed Hitler’s text and provided historical analysis.