A copy of the book 'Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition' lies on a display table in a bookshop in Munich, Germany January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
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New copies of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" hit bookstores in Germany Friday for the first time since World War II, unsettling some Jewish community leaders, as the copyright of the anti-Semitic manifesto expires.Copies of an annotated version running to 2,000 pages prepared by German researchers went on sale Friday, with the authors arguing that their version would serve to demystify the notorious rant, which in any case can be found easily on the Internet.He wrote it in 1924 while he was imprisoned in Bavaria for treason after his failed Beer Hall Putsch.The book set out two ideas that he put into practice as Germany's leader going into World War II: annexing neighboring countries to gain "Lebensraum", or "living space", for Germans, and his hatred of Jews, which led to the Holocaust. Opinion is divided among the Jewish community, with some leaders welcoming the new version and others slamming the reprints.Charlotte Knobloch, leader of the Jewish community in Munich, however said she could not imagine seeing "Mein Kampf" in shop windows.
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