Fate of Hitler Manifesto is Challenged in Germany
Adolf Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf is expected to be published in Germany next year for the first time since the death of the World War II dictator held responsible for the Holocaust.
With the expiration of a 70-year copyright hinged on the 1945 suicide death of the anti-Semitic ruler, the manuscript enters the public domain, and plans to publish an annotated version of the two-volume work in German have sparked public controversy.
Jewish groups say the work, which outlines the development of Hitler's anti-Semitism, is dangerous and should never be published in Germany again. But the publishers of Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition say their version surrounds the hate speech of Adolf Hitler with context, explaining how the most famous villain of the 20th century formed his ideas and pointing out the flaws and untruths in his arguments.
Mein Kampf has not been published in German since 1945, out of respect for the millions of Jews, Roma, and others who died in Nazi concentration camps during the war. It has been available in other languages, published in other countries.
The work rose in popularity as Hitler gained power, reaching sales of some 12 million copies in 18 languages by his death in 1945.
Aung San Suu Kyi Holds Transition Talks with Myanmar President
Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks Wednesday with President Thein Sein to discuss a smooth and peaceful transfer of power to the country's first democratically-elected government after nearly five decades of military-rule.
The brief meeting between the Nobel Peace laureate and the outgoing president at his residence in the capital, Naypyitaw, was part of Aung San Suu Kyi's push for for "national reconciliation" talks. She plans to meet with General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's military chief, later Wednesday.
Under Myanmar's current constitution, the military retains control of 25 percent of all parliamentary seats, as well as control of several key government posts, including defense, interior and border security.
Many in the country fear the military will ignore the results of last month's election and maintain its grip on power, just as it did in 1990, when it cast aside a landslide victory by the NLD and put Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for the next 20 years.
But the president and Hlaing have pledged to accept the results of the November election.