By: Dave Gordon
The head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the country’s leading Jewish group, is asking for the republication of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography and manifesto “Mein Kampf” with an academic commentary. Stephan Kramer explained the request by noting, “An academic and historically critical edition needs to be prepared today, to prevent neo-Nazis profiting from it.” “Mein Kampf – My Struggle” has been banned in Germany since the end of World War II, and the state of Bavaria holds the rights until 70 years after the Nazi dictator’s death in 1945. A Bavarian minister recently called for it to be republished with a critical commentary to avoid its being misused by far-right groups when the rights expire in 2015. The book, written in 1924 when Hitler was in a Bavarian prison, is partially an autobiography and also outlines his views on Aryan racial purity, his hatred of Jews and his opposition to communism.