Thursday, June 2, 2005
Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' on the block
Hitler wrote the
book while in prison in the early 1920s.
copy of manifesto expected to fetch over
England (Reuters) -- A signed first
edition of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" goes
under the hammer later this month with a price
guide of up to 25,000 pounds ($45,390), auction
house Bloomsbury said on Thursday.
Hitler penned his autobiography and political
manifesto when he was in Landsberg prison in the
He was jailed for five years for his part in the
failed Munich putsch of 1923, an attempt to
overthrow the government.
The work -- which translates as "My Struggle" --
became a must-read for German Nazis in the 1930s,
especially after Hitler came to power in 1933.
Bloomsbury said the
book, which is to be sold on behalf of a
collector, comes as part of a lot with signed
postcards, some of Hitler's personal thank-you
cards and other stationery from high-ranking
One of the signed postcards shows Hitler and
[Neville] Chamberlain at Bad
Godesberg in September 1938 on the eve of the
countdown to World War II.
Interest in Hitler and Nazi memorabilia has
remained strong 60 years years after he committed
suicide in the ruins of Berlin.
"Der Untergang" ("The Downfall") a German film
released in 2004 about Hitler's last days in the
bunker was nominated for an Oscar.
The auction takes place on June 15
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