Hitler set to top the book charts in Germany (again)
Today, 9th January, a new ‘critical edition’ of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ hit the bookshops of Germany. It was an instant sell out.
This new edition is a 2,000-page, two-volume annotated version of the original text and is the result of three years hard labour by the clever people at Munich’s Institute for Contemporary History. There are around 3,500 annotations in the book – these annotations try and ask questions such as how and where his ideas came from as well as trying to challenge and contextualise some of the ideologies put forward in the writing.
Not surprisingly the decision to re-publish the book has caused controversy. On one hand, historians and academics are welcoming the opportunity to re-visit what they see as an important historical document, whereas members of the Jewish community are outraged that Germany has allowed such a book to be freely available in bookshops again.
The initial print run was approximately 4,000 books, but it is estimated that 15,000 orders have already been received.
I wonder if any of the profits are going to go to Holocaust charities? I hope so.
If you are interested, you can buy copies of Mein Kampf on Amazon – but be warned, it is one of the most turgid, hard going reads out there. I bought a copy many years ago and managed about fifty pages.