Now that the Christmas shopping season is over, most people don’t have to constantly worry about getting a gift for that certain someone who just seems to have it all. For those of us who want to get some early shopping in for that person with bizarre tastes that gift cards just won’t satisfy, however, a unique opportunity has poked its head out of the ground; two incredibly rare copies of Mein Kampf have been found, and are going to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Mein Kampf was written by a young Adolf Hitler while he was in prison. The title translates to “My Struggle” in English, and the contents of the book blame folks such as Marxists and those of Jewish descent for all of Germany’s troubles at the time. The book was also a major foundation for Hitler’s political doctrine that would eventually cast such a bleak shadow over the world. Millions of copies were published and distributed after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, and copies of the book were even given to newlyweds by the Nazi state for a time.
What makes these particular copies of Adolf Hitler’s infamous book so special is the fact that they are both signed by the man, himself. They are a two-volume set, with one being a first edition, and the other being a second edition. They are both signed and dedicated to Josef Bauer, a young Nazi party member who helped to overthrow the Bavarian government in 1923. Nate D. Sanders Auctions, the company that will be auctioning the books, said that the set was likely a Christmas gift for Bauer, and were intended to send happy holiday wishes to the Nazi officer.
The books are going up for auction on Thursday, and will be sold to the highest bidder. It will be interesting to see who forks over enough cash to have these books under their ownership. But, hey, maybe they’d make the perfect present for that one weird uncle that you never know what to buy for around the holidays.