Mein Kampf best seller for 2016
85,000 copies sold
Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ becomes bestseller in Germany with over 85,000 copies sold in 2016.
The publisher of the current version of the book Der Tagesspiegel said that no one really expected sales to skyrocket as they did.
Der Tagesspiegel published an annotated version of Adolf Hitler’s political manifesto Mein Kampf last year.
When the book hit German bookstores early in January of last year, the first edition sold out immediately.
The book contains about 3,500 academic notes and comments, analyzing Hitler’s views and using facts against the propaganda, ideology and hatred promoted in the original book.
After the dictator’s death and the destruction of the third reich the German Federal state of Bavaria had owned the copyright on Hitler’s original book.
Under country’s copyright laws, copyright expires 70 years after the death of the author.
Prior to the expiration date, it was illegal to reprint the book, even with comments, and the Bavarian officials strictly thwarted any attempts to violate the ban.
Possessing versions published before the fall of the Nazi regime is not illegal in Germany, however, and the books could still be found in antique shops.
Russia Today reports that in April of last year, the Bavarian parliament held a discussion on whether to incorporate parts of Mein Kampf into the school curriculum.