Re-publishing 'Mein Kampf''s the original tract is illegal under German sedition laws against inciting racial hatred.
BERLIN: German prosecutors said Thursday they were investigating whether to bring charges against a publisher who has promised to print a version of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto "Mein Kampf" without annotations.
Re-publishing the original tract is illegal under German sedition laws against inciting racial hatred, although a version for historians with thousands of critical commentaries was allowed to go on sale this year.
Prosecutors said "we are investigating whether to level charges" against publisher Der Schelm, based in Leipzig in Germany's formerly communist east, national news agency DPA reported.
The publishing house is taking orders on its website for an "unaltered reprint" of the 1943 edition published by Hitler's Nazi regime.
Partly autobiographical, "Mein Kampf" -- which means "My Struggle" -- outlines Hitler's ideology that formed the basis for Nazism. 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 neighbouring countries to gain "Lebensraum", or "living space", for Germans, and his hatred of Jews, which led to the Holocaust.