How Will Germany Handle Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’?

Publication of Adolf Hitler’s memoir has been banned in Germany since the end of war, and the rights have been tightly controlled by the Bavarian government. But now, with the book entering the public domain, a new annotated edition is on its way to German bookstores…

  • Brett_McS

    It brings to mind an old, but excellent, British science fiction movie called “Quatermass and the pit” ( in which a Martian spaceship is found during construction of a new subway line in London, and according to the geology it must have been buried there for millions of years – in an area with a long recorded history of strange sights and sounds.

    It turns out (spoiler alert!) that Martians had performed genetic experiments on the primitive human ancestors around at the time and the descendants of these ‘processed’ people start reacting to the unearthed spaceship as it appears to come alive. They don’t exactly start making Nazi salutes, but they act similarly towards the ‘unprocessed’ humans among them…

    • FactsWillOut

      That was an excellent movie.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Goddamn it Brett_McS!
      I first saw that movie more than thirty years ago at the Metropolitan theatre in downtown Winnipeg.
      It was a Saturday matinee for what was called a Patrol Movie.
      If you showed up with your patrol belt you got in for free.
      The Met is still there but Eatons is gone and the MTS Centre stands in it’s place.

  • Minicapt

    Put it on the shelf with the bios of Wilson and FDR, and next to “Audacity of Hope”.


  • HalcyonDaze

    My guess is that, given what’s happening to their country they’ll embrace it, scratch out the parts that say Jew and replace them with the word Muslim.

  • V10_Rob

    I once tried (unsuccessfully) to find a copy for a university course on Germany during the interwar years. An annotated version, wrapped in a scholarly critique, would have been most welcome. It at least lets you study history in context without looking like a freak.

    I don’t really blame Germany for censoring things connected to the Nazi era; at least that was done for the explicit purpose of denying apologists any foot in the door. But if you don’t learn about the past, you end up repeating the mistakes… not unlike the current proto-fascists incubating on campuses.

  • David Murrell

    Mein Kampf will prove a hit with Muslim immigrants.

    • marty_p

      It will come as part of a 2 volume set – the other volume will be The Protocals of the Elders of Zion.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Most muslim migrants are illiterate, even in their own language.

  • Barrington Minge

    If anyone can actually read it…I tried at school – it is turgid beyond belief.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …no kidding…

    • Justin St.Denis

      Turgid? You are being kind!

    • ntt1

      same here, it was incredibly soporific. reading it was like wading through deep porridge

  • Ron MacDonald

    Who get the royalties?

    • Physics grad

      His heir, Merkel.

  • Justin St.Denis

    This will be a bestseller in Germany, and not because migrants and muslims will purchase it. Most migrants and muslims cannot read. It is the Germans themselves who will gobble it up. Hold onto your hats!

  • SDMatt

    It’s available in German at, PDF though. I’m sure there’s an epub of it floating around.

  • ntt1

    Discussion of totalitarianism and how it arose is even more vital in this time when left wing totalitarian fascism is growing in universities and “black block” street thugs attack peaceful demonstrations against population replacement

  • Spatchcocked

    Hitler’s style of moustache translates from the squarehead as “snot catcher” .

  • Spatchcocked

    Hitler’s little First World War dog’s name was ” Fuchsl ” which of course translates as little fox.

    Which goes to show you may or may not be able to ordain a man’s character by his facial adornment or his pet’s name.

    An example which I feel proves my theory, my thesis is that Guy Gibson’s dog’s name was Nigger.

    I name all my dogs Max, which one would assume speaks volumes about my failings mere weaknesses and my dark proclivities yet I appear as an irrelevant faceless nameless cypher in my environment.

  • Physics grad

    Maybe today’s german Nazis can hold a book burning and get rid of all the copies.

    Books are scary for nazis. People might read them and form ideas in reaction to them that are not the ones allowed for them to have. the narrative must be strictly controlled.

  • Spatchcocked

    Harrumph! Yesterday’s NAZI is today’s Patriot.

    Come back Horst Wessel…we hardly knew ye…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Getting through Mein Kampf was a major slog; an endurance test if you will.
    Whatever happened in Nazi Germany wasn’t because of that book, because almost nobody actually read it.
    Even Moussolini made fun of how horrible it was to read.