A German institute is pledging to go ahead with plans to print a version of “Mein Kampf,” despite the book’s government ban.
Bavarian courts forbid publication of the Hitler manifesto, but the Institute for Contemporary History has long had aims to produce an annotated edition of the volume, complete with historical context for educational purposes.
A copyright on the book is set to expire in 2015, and is currently owned by the Bavarian Finance Ministry. The ministry said it would permit the Institute’s planned project, while the state itself announced last week it will take legal measures to ensure publication never occurs.
“We will set in motion charges of sedition and confiscate such material as evidence,” said Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria’s interior minister.