A German magazine's bid to reprint excerpts of 'Mein Kampf' to promote a discussion of the past was blocked by a long-standing German ban on reprinting or selling the text.
The British publisher of the German magazine Zeitungszeugen, Peter McGee, intended to print excerpts of the book in today's issue of the magazine. “It is long overdue that the German public is exposed to the original text,” Mr. McGee told Der Spiegel magazine. However, legal proceedings initiated by the Bavarian state government dissuaded him.
The Bavarian state government was named the copyright holder of “Mein Kampf” by the Allied Forces after World War II and has blocked every other attempt to have the book printed and sold in Germany since 1945. In order not to jeopardize the entire issue of Zeitungszeugen (which translates as “newspaper witnesses”), Mr. McGee changed his mind just before his magazine went to print, he said.