The publisher of a controversial book about Adolf Hitler died on Thursday at age 89.
Rainer Powells’ The Devil’s Bible, which was published in 1923, was the subject of a 2006 lawsuit by a Nazi sympathizer and author who said the book’s content was defamatory and racist.
The lawsuit was settled in 2012.
Powells, who died at his home in Munich, said in a statement he had been “proud to publish this book for many years, and to have served as its editor and publisher.”
“It is an honor to be able to say that I have written and illustrated the book, and that I am very happy that I did,” Powells said.
“And it is an honour to have published it as an author.”
Powels died on Wednesday at age 90.
He wrote the book after reading a copy of the book that was sent to him by the American Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The book is titled The Devil is Dead and he described his experience as a young teenager in the 1930s, when the Nazi leader was considered a hero to Germans.
He said in the book he found that Hitler’s image and reputation had been tarnished, and he believed the book was the product of a witch hunt against him.
He also said he wrote the text before Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
The German government said Powells died on January 8 at the age of 92.
The government said he had suffered a heart attack and died at home.