By Nuran YILDIRIM - TDO - Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf” was one of the best-selling books of nonfiction in Germany last year.
Having regarded as the bedrock of the Nazi ideology, the work was published more than 12 million times until 1945. At the end of 2015, following the expiration of a 70-year copyright held by the state of Bavaria, the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich has published a critical version of the book.
According to the report published by the Institute, the new version of the book “Hitler, Mein Kampf, A Critical Edition” spent 35 weeks on Der Spiegel’s best-seller list and sold about 85,000 copies.
The new version book, which is among the forbidden books to be published in Germany for many years, contains 3,500 critical and historical explanations. In this context, the book as an academic work product sheds light on a significant period of German history. However, the book also countered fears it would fuel nationalist sentiments and anti-immigrant propaganda.
Andreas Wirsching, the institute’s director, said, “On the contrary, the discussions about Hitler’s worldview and dealing with his propaganda presented an opportunity to re-examine the ominous roots and results of such totalitarian ideologies”.