How Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ became a bestseller in 2016
January 2016, the Institute of Contemporary History released the first
reprint of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” since World War II. One year on,
the German publisher says the book has sold some 85,000 copies and spent
35 weeks on Der Spiegel non-fiction best-seller list.
Magnus Brechtken, deputy director of the Institute of Contemporary
History, told CNN the institute was “quite surprised” that public
interest in the book was so strong in Germany.
Munich based institute, which has previously published annotated
editions of “Hitler’s Speeches, Writings and Directives, 1923-1933,”
“Hitler’s Second Book” and the diaries of ranking Nazis Joseph Goebbels
and Alfred Rosenberg, said they initially planned to print 4,000 copies
of the new edition.