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Annotated Mein Kampf wins science prize

The team that produced a critical edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf earlier this year has been awarded a “society needs science” prize by the Stifterverband and the Leibniz Association.

The heavily annotated edition was produced by historian Christian Hartmann and his team at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin, a research institute, and has sold more than 80,000 copies since its publication in January.

The copyright for Mein Kampf had been held by the state of Bavaria for 70 years after the end of the second world war. Hartmann’s version, which he started to work on in 2009, is considered particularly significant in countering any far-right republications of the book.

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