Publisher to Challenge German Ban on Hitler's Mein Kampf

Bavaria government forbids ban on Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party's writings, arguing that this might turn people into neo-Nazis.

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The publisher of a history magazine confirmed Monday plans to publish extracts from Mein Kampf, the anti-Semitic hate tract by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, this month in a challenge against a 67-year-old ban in Germany.

Sales of Mein Kampf, along with public displays of the swastika, or using Nazi slogans or salutes, have been illegal in Germany since World War II.

A preview in the 'Zeitungszeugen' edition from January 5, 2012, adverting to the next issue containing excerpts of German dictator Adolf Hitler's pamphlet 'Mein Kampf'.Credit: AFP

The government of Bavaria seized the copyright over all Hitler's and the Nazi Party's writings and it forbids their republication, arguing that this might turn people into neo-Nazis.

Alexander Luckow, an editor and spokesman for British publisher Peter McGee, said sections of Mein Kampf would appear as attachments to three issues of Zeitungszeugen, a periodical that reproduces historic newspapers, starting January 26.

Each section would appear in a 15-page booklet with Hitler's text on the right page and an academic commentary on the opposite left page criticizing Hitler's fallacies.

"A lot of his language is really revolting," said Luckow, who added that the complete Mein Kampf would not be published, only extended quotations from it.

Bavaria said Monday it would review legal options to stop the magazine.

German law allows free quotations from copyright works, but only in brief form. Luckow said Zeitungszeugen would rely on this exemption.

"Nobody could claim our project is to spread rightist ideology," he said.

Mein Kampf, which was largely written by Hitler in jail in the 1920s, is already in the public domain in some other countries.

Luckow said there would be a print run of 100,000 of each issue.



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