jeudi 30 juin 2011

Germany: A Copy of Mein Kampf sold for 24,000 Euros.


On August 13, 2009, a copy of an early edition of "Mein Kampf" autographed by the author Adolf Hitler with his self-portrait in pencil in 1925, was sold for 21,000 pounds (24,000 euros) in the medieval town of Ludlow ( Shropshire), West of England, the British Home Auction Mullock.
        
The book was purchased by phone by a client residing in Russia. Its original owner, Georg Maurer had known Hitler in Landsberg prison in the southwest of Bavaria in Germany.
        
Adolf Hitler, then leader of the National Socialists German Workers' (Nazi Party) who had failed taking power in Bavaria, November 8, 1923 (Beer Hall Putsch) was sentenced to prison for treason.
        
It was during his eight months of incarceration in Landsberg prison he wrote the "Mein Kampf (My Struggle)" he wanted originally titled "Four and a half years of struggle against lies, stupidity and cowardice. "
         Georg Maurer was a local leader of the NSDAP imprisoned in the same time Hitler. He had severed ties with him after providing a list of Nazi sympathizers in a Marxist newspaper.
        
The "Mein Kampf", which sets out particular political ideology of Nazism, was initially subject to restricted circulation and has been widely distributed under the Nazi regime (1933-1940).
        
The book published more than 10 million copies were distributed free to the newlyweds in the Third Reich.
        
This copy "very, very, very rare" has generated interest to Russia and the United States, had told AFP the Auctioneer Richard Westwood-Brookes prior to sale.
        
The Minister of Science and Research of the State of Bavaria, Wolfgang Heubisch welcomed the new edition of "Mein Kampf", which is currently banned in Germany, while the range of comments from historians to avoid the risk of neo -Nazis take over the text when the publishing rights, currently held by Bavaria, fall into the public domain in 2015, that is to say 70 years after the death of his author.

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