Bavaria Seeks to Ban Reprinting of Nazi Newspapers

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The project, which focuses on reprinting newspapers from 1933 to 1945, is meant to educate Germans but has instead sparked outrage from Jewish groups and authorities worried about the possible offence to Holocaust survivors and the potential misuse of the material by neo-Nazis.

On Thursday, the Bavarian finance ministry, which says it holds the rights to all publications from the main Nazi publishing house, said it would resort to the courts to stop future papers being published. It added it was pressing charges against the British publisher, Peter McGee, for copyright infringement.

The latest edition of the paper, the Voelkischer Beobachter (People's Observer), greeted Germans at newsstands Thursday with a headline proclaiming "Huge Fire in the Reichstag" with a photograph of the Reichstag parliament building in flames, seen as a pivotal moment in the rise to power of the Nazis.

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