Hitler’s Mein Kampf Sells Out Immediately

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The Füher’s manifesto has been published in Germany for the first time in 70 years

Adolph Hitler’s controversial Mein Kampf has sold out almost instantly after going on sale in German bookshops for the first time in 70 years.

The book, which costs the equivalent of 89 Australian dollars, had 15,000 advance orders for an initial print run of just 4,000 copies.

The new edition was published after the copyright held by Bavaria expired on 1 January. The German state had previously refused to publish the book.

Just hours after Mein Kampf sold out, copies were springing up on eBay for as much as £517 pounds (AU$1,017).

Beyond Hitler’s original text, the new two-volume, 2,000 page annotated version also looks at how Hitler’s theses were conceived and the key counter arguments to his lies and assertions.

The first volume, titled “A Reckoning”, focuses on the problems assailing Germany, including France and the “mongrel” races. The second volume concentrates on national socialism.

Mein Kampf was dictated by Hitler in 1924 to Rudolf Hess, who would go on to become Deputy Füher, while the future Nazi leader was in a Bavarian jail for treason for his failed Beer Hall Putsch.

Despite the second volume being published in 1927, it wasn’t until Hitler’s first year as chancellor of Germany in 1933 that sales soared passed one million copies. During Hitler’s reign it became a ritual to give newly married couples a copy of the manifesto.

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