“Mein Kampf” to be available in Germany for first time since WW II

December 24th, 2015

Believe it or not, even in the year 2015, Adolf Hitler’s manifesto “Mein Kampf” is not available on the shelves in Germany. The first printing of the book will be available in 2016.

A few years ago, I had a German student in my constitutional law class. When we were studying Romer v. Evans, I was sure to ask her about the best translation for classic opening from Justice Scalia’s dissent, “The Court has mistaken a Kulturkampf for a fit of spite.” I asked, is this best understood as  “culture struggle.” I knew the word “Kampf,” from Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”). She replied she didn’t know, because they weren’t allowed to study that book.

I was blown away by that response.