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Bavarian authorities may stop 'Mein Kampf' from being published

A British publisher wants to publish segments of Hitler’s memoir with critical commentary, but Bavaria may scupper the plans.

Adolf Hitler, centre, during a military review in April 1944.
Adolf Hitler, centre, during a military review in April 1944.
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AUTHORITIES IN the German province of Bavaria say they are looking at legal measures to prevent a British publisher from going ahead with plans to reproduce excerpts from Adolf Hitler’s infamous memoir ‘Mein Kampf’ in Germany.

The state Finance Ministry said that Peter McGee’s plans to reproduce three 15-page segments of “Mein Kampf” with critical commentary may violate the copyright on the book, which it holds.

‘Mein Kampf’ is not banned in Germany, as is commonly believed, but Bavaria has used its ownership of the copyright to prevent its publication so far.

Germany’s Central Council of Jews has said the book is already widely available on the Internet anyway and that the reprints could help “demystify” it.

However, an American Jewish group called the publication plans a “moral offence”.

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