epa05092752 A picture made available on 08 January 2016 shows a copy of the original edition of the book 'Mein Kampf' (lit. My Struggle) written by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler with portrait of Hitler in it at a bookstore in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 07 January 2016. The first annotated edition of the book written in 1924 by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was published on 08 January 2016. First published in 1925, Mein Kampf details Hitler's political views and plans for Germany's future. The new controversial edition printed by the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History contains some 3,500 annotations and footnotes by historians to critique and refute the Nazi leader's ideology.  EPA/ALEXANDER HEINL

Hitler’s Mein Kampf sells out instantly after being published in Germany for first time in 70 years

A controversial critical edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf has sold out instantly after going on sale in German bookshops for the first time in 70 years.

Demand for the 2,000-page annotated version of the inflammatory text that hit bookstores on January 8 massively exceeded supply, with 15,000 advance orders for an initial print run of just 4,000 copies.

One copy of the edition, which costs £43 (59 euros), was even reportedly put up for resale on Amazon.de for £7,521.43 (9,999.99 euros).

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    I have no doubt Muslims will outnumber ethnic Germans per capita as avid readers of this book. Imams, too, will be frequently quoting Hitler’s book in sermons throughout Germany.

  • Waffle

    “Inflammatory text”??? Soporific would be more accurate. While theoretically, Mein Kampf was a best-seller back in the day, is was only because Hitler demanded every party member to buy a copy of his vanity-published garbage. He was no more of a writer than he was an artist.

    It was not this unreadable book that influenced people but the pull of Hitler’s rasping, angry voice. Instinctively he used the new medium of radio to his full advantage.

    • Exactly.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Had to read it years ago for a course. I remember commenting on Hitler’s “turgid prose style” at the time. I was a,ways an avid reader, but MEIN KAMPF was a tough going – bored the shit outta me at the time. Still would…

  • ontario john

    Well, muslim refugees have to read something in their hotel rooms over there.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Hotel rooms, mosques, homes, places of work, park benches, _____, and _____.

  • irishrus

    This can’t be good given the world wide rise of populism and political correctness.