After Hitler's rise to power it gained enormous popularity and virtually became a Bible of every Nazi, or a member of the NSDAP. Sales of Mein Kampf earned Hitler millions; however many of those who purchased it never read it; many bought it simply to show their allegiance to Hitler, gain position in Nazism and avoid the attentions of the Gestapo. Many found it (and many still find it today) a lengthy and boring text. Much of the autobiographical material was distorted or fabricated by Hitler. In his testamony Hitler gave the copyright of Mein Kampf to the state of Bavaria. This means that the German government is the holder of the copyright today. The book is banned in Germany and as copyright holder the government do not want the book to be re-published or printed even in countries where the book itself is legal.
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