"Mein Kampf" to be republished in Germany

A group of Germany historians are pushing for the publication of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany by 2015.

Those pushing for re-publication, according to the Boston Globe, argue it is necessary to release an annotated version before the copyright runs out in 2015, when it would be open for neo-Nazis to publish their own versions.

"Once Bavaria's copyright expires, there is the danger of charlatans and neo-Nazis appropriating this infamous book for themselves," Wolfgang Heubisch said Thursday, as reported in the Boston Globe.

The Telegraph reported that Bavarian copyright law, under which "Mein Kampf" is subject to, lasts for 70 years after the death of the author.

The book details the life of Hitler and principles of Nazism. The dissemination of Nazi philosophy is punishable by fines or imprisonment, according to the Telegraph.

The Telegraph further reported that Holocaust survivor and Germany's Central Council on Jews opposes publishing the book, but Central Council on Jews general secretary, Stephan Kramer, supports the idea and said, "I understand the survivors, but the publication is going to come anyway. So we should use this opportunity."

The Boston Globe reports that "Mein Kampf" has been translated in many languages including English, Arabic, Russian, and Japanese, though the Bavarian government has attempted to block publication in some countries.

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