Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf' is a best seller in Germany

Historic copies of Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' are displayed during the book launch of a new critical edition at the Institut fuer Zeitgeschichte (Institute for Contemporary History) on January 8, 2016 in Munich, Germany.
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Adolf Hitler’s biography Mein Kampf is now a best seller in Germany.

The book, which was prohibited for sale in the country after World War II, only recently returned to shelves in annotated form and titled: Hitler: Mein Kampf: A Critical Edition.

The book sold out a week after hitting German book stores in January.

According to Der Spiegel’s best-seller list, the book was second on the non-fiction book list this week, only surpassed by The Secret Life of Trees.

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It's intended to demystify and fact-check the Nazi dictator's manifesto. In addition to putting the book's events in proper historical context, the new edition discloses Hitler's source material, explains various ideological concepts and corrects errors and one-sided accounts.

It also delves into the consequences of the book, comparing Hitler's ideas at the time with how they were carried out between 1933-1945.

The project has been several years in the making for scholars at Munich's Institute for Contemporary History, though they waited until after the expiration of Mein Kampf's German-language copyright to publish.

The book was never officially banned in Germany — it could still be found in in libraries, used bookstores and online. However, the Bavarian state's ministry of finance, which received the book's copyright from the Allied powers in 1945, always enforced it to keep new editions from being published.