Germany today: Man jailed for reading Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”

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The edition featured on its cover a swastika, the displaying of which is illegal in Germany. The civil servant challenged the decision to fire him. The Berlin-Brandenburg labor court ruled that the dismissal was legal because the man was wearing a work uniform, and therefore was considered a representative of the state of Berlin.

Historic copies of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” were displayed in January during the book launch of a new critical edition at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Institute for Contemporary History) in Munich. 

He was “obliged to support the free democratic fundamental order of the Constitution,” the court stated. “By publicly showing a swastika, an unconstitutional symbol, he violated this obligation.”
 He was “obliged to support the free democratic fundamental order of the Constitution,” the court stated. “By publicly showing a swastika, an unconstitutional symbol, he violated this obligations.  The court added that the city “must not only give a warning for this serious behavior, but rather could take it as grounds for a reasonable termination of work.”
Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” only became widely available again in German bookstores last year. At the end of World War II, the copyright passed to the state of Bavaria, which prevented its release. Once the copyright expired, a research institute began republishing the book with annotations to add context. This new version became a bestseller, with around 85,000 copies sold in the first year.    

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