Put Mein Kampf back in bookshops with refutations

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A German historian has called for Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic hate book Mein Kampf to be reprinted and put back on sale in German bookshops with notes on its errors, saying this would be preferable to a flood of unrefuted editions.

Horst Moeller, director of the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich, said Monday this would be better than waiting until 2015 when anybody could publish it after copyright in Germany lapses on the book.

The newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoted him saying it would be better to issue a edition now, with footnotes explaining page by page how Hitler was wrong.

The alternative would be a rush of cheap commercial editions without comments when the 1924 book enters the public domain 70 years after Hitler's death.

The legal rights to the book are held by the Bavarian Ministry of Finance, which seized all the Nazi Party publishing assets after their 1945 defeat.

For decades, Munich has used those powers to ban any re-publication of the book, which was revered by the Nazis.

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Randll Reese Besch - 7/18/2007

The best anodyne for the virus of this belief system.