Jewish leaders for republishing of Hitler's Mein Kampf

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Berlin (Germany), Aug 6 (ANI): Leaders of the Jewish community in Germany have called for a republication of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf (My Struggle), which would be accompanied by a critical introduction and footnotes challenging Hitler's assertions.

Currently, the German state of Bavaria has a 70-year exclusive copyright on publishing the book, which is due to expire at the end of 2015, leading to fears of a free-for-all among unscrupulous publishers, The Telegraph reported.

Bernhard Gotto, a spokesman for Munich's Institute of Contemporary History (ICH), said it is important that historians got in first with their critical editions.

"We do not want obscure publishers profiting from this book. We think historians need this scholarly edition, which would lead to a demystification of the book," said Gotto.

Stephen Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, supports the project, saying it would "prevent neo-Nazi from profiteering" from Mein Kampf.

"An aggressive and enlightening engagement with the book would doubtless remove many of its false, persisting myths," said Kramer. (ANI)

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