Hitler’s Mein Kampf Falls Public Domain on January 1, 2016 Bundesarchiv Bild 119-1486, Hitler-Putsch, München, Marienplatz" by Bundesarchiv, Bild 119-1486 / CC-BY-SA 3.0. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 de via Commons

Hitler’s Mein Kampf Falls Public Domain on January 1, 2016

By  Thursday, 3.12.2015, 10:41    General News

Shortly after the failed Beer Hall Putsch, during 8–9 November 1923 in Munich, Adolf Hitler has been imprisoned. During his imprisonment in Landsberg near Munich he wrote “Mein Kampf”. Since Hitler's official place of residence at the time of his suicide was in Munich, his entire estate, including all rights to Mein Kampf, became ownership of the state of Bavaria. The Free State had prohibited reprint. On January 1, 2016 the copyright of “Mein Kampf” will expire in Bavaria, and the book will enter the public domain.

The Institute of Contemporary History in Munich plans to publish a two-volume "Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition" in January 2016, to add context to the dictator's hateful rant. The Central Council of Jews in Germany doesn’t object the publication. "Knowledge of 'Mein Kampf' is still important to explain National Socialism and the Holocaust, therefore there are no objections to a scientifically annotated edition for research and teaching purposes." the council's Josef Schuster told the Handelsblatt newspaper.

German authorities will keep prosecuting publishers of unedited reprints of the book on charges of "inciting racial hatred".

Interesting fact:

The Beer Hall Putsch took place at the “Bürgerbräukeller” beer hall. The site has been owned by Löwenbräu. In 1939, the building was the location of the attempted assassination of Hitler and other Nazi leaders by Georg Elser. It survived aerial bombing in WWII.The complex in which the beer hall was located was finally demolished in 1979, making way for the Gasteig complex, the music-rights entity GEMA building and the Munich Hilton Hotel.

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