A new version, running to 2,000 pages in two volumes including the added commentary, has been in the works since 2009 and aims to "deconstruct and put into context Hitler's writing".
But Charlotte Knobloch, who is president of the Jewish community in Munich and Upper Bavaria, warned that even this version carries certain risks as it "contains the original text" and that it was also "in the interest of right wing militants and Islamists to spread these ideas". And most important: "which counterarguments do we have, given our knowledge today of the countless claims, lies and assertions of Hitler?"
In France, the President of the council of Jewish institutions, CRIF, Roger Cukierman, called the planned French reprints "a disaster". "With critical commentary that contextualizes the book, that explains where these ideas come from - the insidious nature of those - I think that can be very helpful for people to understand something about those words and what they mean", he said... Read more