Adolf Hitler’s controversial book, “Mein Kampf” will be reprinted as three 16-page excerpts in the German history magazine Zeitungszeugen along with commentary on the select passages. The book in its entirety has been essentially banned from German bookstores and the copyright is owned by the state of Bavaria, but Albertas Ltd, the London-based publishing firm responsible for the reprints, is confident that their use of the text is “completely within the laws of copyright.”
Peter McGee, head of Albertas Ltd, said in a statement that
“it is a sensitive subject in Germany but the incredible thing is most Germans don’t have access to ‘Mein Kampf’ because it has this taboo, this ‘black magic’ surrounding it… We want ‘Mein Kampf’ to be accessible so people can see it for what it is, and then discard it. Once exposed, it can be consigned to the dustbin of literature.”
This isn’t the first time that Zeitungszeugen has caused controversy in Germany. Back in 2009, the magazine printed annotated facsimiles of Nazi newspapers which led to a Munich court ruling in favor of the publication due to the fact that it was being used in an educational context and not as propaganda.