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Annotated version of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' a hit in Germany

The owner of a book shop looks through a copy of the book 'Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition' in Munich, Germany January 8, 2016. For the first time since Adolf Hitler's death, Germany is publishing the Nazi leader's political treatise 'Mein Kampf' ('My Struggle') unleashing a highly charged row over whether the text is an inflammatory racist diatribe or a useful educational tool.  REUTERS/Michael Dalder  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX21IHC

The owner of a book shop looks through a copy of the book 'Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition' in Munich, Germany January 8, 2016. For the first time since Adolf Hitler's death, Germany is publishing the Nazi leader's political treatise 'Mein Kampf' ('My Struggle') unleashing a highly charged row over whether the text is an inflammatory racist diatribe or a useful educational tool. REUTERS/Michael Dalder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX21IHC

An annotated edition of "Mein Kampf," Adolf Hitler's notorious manifesto, has become a non-fiction best-seller in Germany.

News agency dpa reported Tuesday that 85,000 copies of the book have been sold since it was first published a year ago.

The 1,948-page book is titled "Hitler, Mein Kampf: A Critical Edition."

It is published by the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History, which spent years adding comments to Hitler's original text in an effort to highlight his propaganda and mistakes.

Before it expired at the end of 2015, Bavaria's state finance ministry had used its copyright on the book to prevent the publication of new editions in Germany.

Despite its incendiary and anti-Semitic content, the book wasn't banned in Germany and could be found online, in secondhand bookshops and in libraries.