A Berlin publishing house said Wednesday it was withdrawing copies of a compact disc of an actor shouting passages from Hitler's "Mein Kampf" manifesto.

The CD performed by actor Ekkehard Schall, the son-in-law of the late German playwright Bertolt Brecht and one of former communist East Germany's most celebrated actors, was recorded in 1996 at Berlin's renowned Volksbuehne theater and intended as a political satire.But Germany's Jewish leader Ignatz Bubis recently criticized the CD, saying its message could be misconstrued and that it could fall into the hands of neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists.

The last straw came when the state of Bavaria said it held the rights to the Nazi leader's writings and demanded the CD be removed from store shelves, saying it also feared it would be bought by right-wing extremists, Berlin publishers Eulenspiegel said.

Matthias Oehme, the head of the company, dismissed the concerns as misguided and insisted the performance was intended as a political satire of the Nazi leader.