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Hitler papers to go on display
LAP99062806 - 28 JUNE 1999 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA: This is a photographic copy of the cover of the deluxe edition of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" sent by General George Patton to the chairman of the Huntington Library. The Nazi-era Nuremberg Laws, which were a critical step in initiating the Holocaust and are signed by Adolf Hitler, will go on display along with this edition to the public, June 29 at the Skirball Cultural Center, a private museum in Los Angeles, as a permanent loan from the Huntington Library in Pasadena, Ca., where the paper's have been secretly kept since 1945. The package is marked with wax seals of the Third Reich, which was seized at Eichstatt, Germany, on April 28, 1945 by members of the 203rd CIC Detachment III Corps. It was presented to General George S..Patton on May 30, 1945. (bc-us-hitlerpapers) jr/Huntington Library UPI
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Mein Kampf (English: My Struggle or My Battle) is a book written by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. It combines elements of autobiography with an exposition of Hitler's political ideology. Volume 1 of Mein Kampf was published in 1925 and Volume 2 in 1926. The book was edited by the former Hieronymite friar Bernhard Stempfle who later perished during the Night of the Long Knives.

Hitler began the dictation of the book while imprisoned for what he considered to be "political crimes" after his failed Putsch in Munich in November 1923. Though Hitler received many visitors earlier on, he soon devoted himself entirely to the book. As he continued, Hitler realized that it would have to be a two-volume work, with the first volume scheduled for release in early 1925. The prison governor of Landsberg noted at the time that "he hopes the book will run into many editions, thus enabling him to fulfil his financial obligations and to defray the expenses incurred at the time of his trial."

Hitler originally wanted to call his forthcoming book Viereinhalb Jahre (des Kampfes) gegen Lüge, Dummheit und Feigheit, or Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice. Max Amann, head of the Franz Eher Verlag and Hitler's publisher, is said to have suggested the much shorter "Mein Kampf".

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