26 April 2013

Fake Hitler diaries taken as real news history

 Picture taken on April 25, 1983 shows Gerd Heidemann, reporter of the German magazine "Stern", presenting during a press conference documents what the magazine believed were Hitler's diaries.

Berlin: When the German newsweekly Stern announced in April 1983 that it had acquired Hitler's previously undiscovered diaries, the magazine's exclusive prompted a worldwide sensation. The editors promised to later hand over 60 handwritten volumes to West Germany's Federal Archives for posterity.

Instead the magazine's scoop turned into a publishing debacle, when it was quickly discovered that the purported diaries were forgeries.

Now, in an unlikely coda 30 years later, fake history was formally enshrined as real history on Tuesday when Germany's Federal Archives said it would accept a collection of the forgeries from Stern as news media rather than Nazi history.

The fake Hitler diaries are documents of the past," Michael Hollmann, president of the Federal Archives, said in a joint statement with Stern on Tuesday. "They are in good hands at the Federal Archives."

In 1983, editors at Stern provided a reporter, Gerd Heidemann, with millions of marks to buy what they believed to be a significant collection of Hitler's writings as well as other documents. The cover of the magazine declared, "Hitler's Diaries Discovered," in red ink over a photograph of black notebooks. The diaries were also purchased by Britain's Sunday Times.

Fraud: Konrad Kujau presents the faked diaries  on August 29, 1984, in HamburgThe find was immediately greeted with scepticism by experts, but the English historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, (Lord Dacre), pronounced them genuine, lending fleeting legitimacy to the find. His reputation was ruined when experts from the Federal Archives and Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office established that the books were fakes.

 The front page of the Sunday Times which serialised what were purported to be Hitler's  Diaries in 1983.
The supposed diaries had been written by a Stuttgart dealer in Nazi memorabilia named Konrad Kujau. Kujau and Heidemann were both convicted of fraud.

The deception triggered deep soul-searching at Stern, with the magazine's staff members staging sit-ins to protest against what they saw as management's bypassing traditional editorial channels and safeguards when they bought and eventually published parts of the diaries without sufficiently checking their authenticity.

"The forged diaries are a part of Stern's history," Dominik Wichmann, Stern's editor in chief, said in the statement on Tuesday. "We don't want to push this away, but rather deal with it in an appropriate and factual manner."
The archives are the central institution of memory for the German government, and everything from the Cabinet meeting minutes to proceedings from the transport ministry are preserved in its books and catalogues, which would reach 300 kilometres if arranged in a line.

theage.com.au 24 Apr 2013

Many facts about the war (World War II) are falsified, for whatever agenda to be fulfilled as a result.

Since there are still people alive, who can vouch otherwise, once the last one goes, the lies will flow, not only from governments but especially from Hollywood.

Currently many war effected migrants who have settled in Australia particularly Melbourne and Sydney are claiming 3 to 4 war pensions under false names, to which the government is fully aware of, but does nothing.

Some people are allowed to get away with fraud, at the expense of the tax paying community.

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