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article imageTwo autographed copies of Mein Kampf go on auction block today

By Karen Graham     Feb 27, 2014 in Odd News
Los Angeles - Two autographed copies of Adolf Hitler's manifesto, Mein Kampf, are being auctioned online Thursday in Los Angeles, California. The rare, two-volume works are inscribed as Christmas gifts to Josef Bauer, an SS officer during World War II.
Owner Nate Sanders, of Nate D. Sanders Auctions, said that bidding on the signed books in the online auction starts at $20,000. The books are expected to sell for around $25,000 when bidding ends at 10 p.m. EST Thursday.
Mr. Sanders, who is Jewish, does not shy away from selling memorabilia associated with some of history's most reviled figures. Instead, with Mein Kampf, Sanders says, "I think it's very heinous, but it is an auction item, it is a memento, it's a piece of memorabilia, and a piece of history."
The two-volume works, Mein Kampf, meaning "My Struggle," is an autobiographical manifesto outlining Adolf Hitler's dreams and plans for a new Germany. In Mein Kampf, Hitler also reveals his political ideology as well as his antisemitism.
Hitler began dictating his manifesto to his deputy, Rudolph Hess while in prison for what he believed to be "political crimes" in 1923. His imprisonment was actually the result of a failed overthrow of the government, called the Munich Beer Hall Putsch that took place November 8 and 9, 1923.
While Hitler was to serve only nine months in prison after being charged with treason, he was able to make great headway on what was to eventually become a two-volume work. Volume one of Mein Kampf was published on July 18, 1925.
Mein Kampf is considered a controversial book because of the racism expressed in its pages, and particularly because of the historical effects of Nazism in Europe and on the Holocaust during World War II. When Hitler committed suicide in 1945, his legal residence was Munich.
This made his entire estate, as well as all rights to Mein Kampf, go to the state of Bavaria. Based on German copyright laws, the entire text of the manifesto will enter the public domain on 1 January 2016, 70 years after Hitler's death.
The government of Bavaria, in an agreement with the German government, refuses to allow any printing or copying of the book in Germany, and opposes the same in other countries, but with little success. But owning and buying the book is legal.
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