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Mein Kampf set to return to German schools

Adolf Hitler's autobiography Mein Kampf, not printed in Germany for the last 67 years amid fears that it might promote Nazism, is set to return to the country's schools.

world Updated: Apr 26, 2012 00:03 IST

Adolf Hitler's autobiography Mein Kampf, not printed in Germany for the last 67 years amid fears that it might promote Nazism, is set to return to the country's schools.

German authorities announced yesterday that when the copyright to the hate-filled book expires in three years' time, an 'annotated' version will be made available to students across the country.

Mein Kampf, which translates as My Struggle or My Battle, combines elements of autobiography and Adolf Hitler's political ideology.

The state of Bavaria in Germany, which became the heir to all of Hitler's works, property and money following his suicide in Berlin in 1945, said it was important for Germany

to publish versions for children with expert analysis and comments from historians in them which refute his ideology, the Daily Mail reported.

While the book is not illegal in Germany, the state has not allowed it to be printed amid fears that it could promote Nazism.

Other countries have printed foreign-language editions since then, despite the restrictions but Germans have been unable to get a newly-printed version in their own language for 67 years.

But now Bavaria has given permission for the rest of Germany to freely print the book, with includes diatribes against Jews and Slavs and the prophecy of a German war of conquest in the east.