Polish court punishes 'Mein Kampf' publisher

Polish court gives 3-month suspended sentence to man who made 20,000 copies of Hitler's book in '05.

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May 25, 2009 18:38
Polish court punishes 'Mein Kampf' publisher

Mein Kampf. (photo credit: )

 
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A Polish court has convicted a man who published Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf of copyright infringement and given him a three-month suspended prison sentence. A court in the southwestern city of Wroclaw also fined the man 10,000 zlotys ($3,200) on Monday. The man, identified only as Marek S. in line with Polish privacy laws, was sued by the German state of Bavaria, which holds the rights to the book. The defendant published 20,000 copies of Mein Kampf in 2005 without seeking Bavaria's permission. His motive was profit, he said. He will have to serve the prison term if he tries to publish more copies in the next two years. Mein Kampf is banned in Germany and Bavaria is seeking to block it in other countries for fear it fears it could be misused by right-wing extremists. The 1925 book expresses Hitler's desire to exterminate Jews and occupy territory in Eastern Europe.

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