Adolf Hitler’s copy of Mein Kampf, the autobiography and Nazi manifesto the German dictator began writing in prison in 1923, is being made available for purchase for the first time since it was taken by U.S. soldiers at the end of World War II. The book will be auctioned off along with hundreds of other World War II artifacts by Alexander Historical Auctions, located in Maryland, on March 17 and 18.
A 70-year copyright of Mein Kampf held by the state of Bavaria expired at the beginning of 2016, meaning that the book can now be published in various countries in which it was banned for the past seven decades, such as Germany. While Mein Kampf was never banned in the United States, this will be the first time its original copy is being made available for interested buyers — it’s been held by the daughter of one of the soldiers who originally found the volume in Hitler’s apartment in 1945.
The auction house will also be selling other personal items once owned by Hitler, including signed documents, photographs, dinnerware, and books from his library.