New Edition of Mein Kampf Sells Like Hotcakes in Germany

New edition of ‘Mein Kampf’ has been an instant sell-out with one copy even being put up for re-sale online.

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A customer holds a copy of Adolf Hitler’s <i>Mein Kampf</i>. (Photo: Reuters)

Adolf Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf, whose new annotated version hit bookstores in Germany last week, has been an instant sell-out with one copy even being put up for re-sale online for a whopping 10,000 euros.

Hitler’s racist tome returned to German bookshop shelves briefly on Friday as demand far outstripped supply of the first new edition published in the country since the end of World War II.

Publication of the work has split the Jewish community and a British historian warned that the annotated two-volume box set risked elevating the dictator’s demented ramblings to the status of a literary great.

Despite the 59 euros cover price, more than 15,000 advance orders were placed, nearly four times the initial print run of 4,000, The Times reported.

Hitler wrote Mein Kampf, which translates to ‘My Struggle’, in jail after the failed 1923 coup attempt known as the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich. It set out his ultranationalist, antisemitic and anticommunist ideology.

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