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Twice a wedding gift, Mein Kampf makes it to Alton bookstore

I love books but harbor keen animosity for a particular book that recently made its way to my Second Reading Book Shop. It’s a German-language copy of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”) that was published in Nazi Germany.

Hitler wrote “Mein Kampf” while serving time in Landsberg Prison for his role in the failed 1923 “Beer Hall Putsch,” when the Nazis attempted to seize power in Munich. The book was originally published in two volumes in 1925 and 1926. Hitler gave the book the working title of “Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice,” but was persuaded to change it to the much easier-to-remember “My Struggle.” Sales were slow until Hitler seized power in Germany in 1933. “Mein Kampf” then became the Bible of that nation.

The copy I acquired bears a 1941 printing date, which means it was published during World War II. It

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