Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ Freely Distributed in Italy Amid Nationalistic Wave In Europe

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Jun. 12 2016, Updated 5:30 a.m. ET

Mein Kampf, the controversial political treatise penned by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, is in the spotlight following its free distribution by Il Giornale, a center-right daily in Italy. Reportedly, the paper’s free distribution of the annotated version of Hitler’s partly autobiographical book with a paid supplement to Saturday’s edition sparked shock and condemnation in Italy.

The annotated copy of Mein Kampf was distributed free to readers who purchased the first volume of the newspaper’s eight-volume history of the Third Reich. Promotion of the controversial book triggered criticism from Jewish groups in Italy, stating that the sudden promotion, is allegedly an attempt to overlook Hitler’s crimes.

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Any form of discussion on National Socialism is a sensitive topic in Italy since there was an alliance between the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini and Hitler’s Nazi Germany. The incident marks the expiry of a German state copyright that prohibited reprinting of the book. The annotated versions of Mein Kampf are available in German bookstores.

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The 70-year copyright on Hitler’s book, owned by the state of Bavaria, expired last year, encouraging Munich’s Institute for Contemporary History to reprint it as an annotated version earlier this year to study Hitler’s anti-Jewish propaganda. The annotations—3,000 additional comments in the version— point out inconsistencies and fabrications in Hitler’s arguments about the global Jewish conspiracy speculated in the book written during 1924 to 1926.

The long-winded Mein Kampf airs Hitler’s anti-Semitic and anti-communist ideology, which concluded in the Holocaust and the Nazi’s catastrophic attempts at conquests in Europe. During the Second World War from 1933 to 1945, Hitler’s propaganda against the Jews caused the deaths of millions, including an estimated six million Jews under Nazi terror.

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