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Bavaria to keep blocking ‘Mein Kampf’ publication

December 11, 2013

BERLIN (AP) — Bavaria’s state government says it will try to keep Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” out of publication in Germany after the copyright expires in 2015 — reversing a decision to support new editions with critical commentary.

“Mein Kampf” isn’t actually banned in Germany, but Bavaria has used its ownership of the copyright to block publication. The copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death.

The Bavarian governor’s chief of staff, Christine Haderthauer, said late Tuesday Hitler’s anti-Semitic memoir amounts to incitement and the government will file a criminal complaint if anyone tries to publish it in the future, news agency dpa reported.

Governor Horst Seehofer pointed to Bavaria’s participation in a drive to have modern Germany’s main far-right party banned and said that doesn’t fit with supporting publication of “Mein Kampf.”

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