Hitler’s diary The genocidal has awakened equally repulsion and fascination from the general public since World War II and every new discovery related to it fully captures the public’s attention.
And, if every little news about Hitler raised all kinds of popular expectation, what would not do some documents that could provide a great knowledge of the thoughts and feelings of the disgusted German leader of World War II?
That should have been thought by those responsible for the prestigious German publication Der Stern, who in 1983 publicly announced that they had found Hitler’s diaries, also publishing several fragments of it. The 62 volumes would have been saved from a plane crashed in 1945 by some farmers and had subsequently been kept secret until the magazine discovered them. Before its publication, those responsible for Der Stern commissioned three different graphological analyzes to verify that it was indeed Hitler’s handwriting and, in all three cases, the result was positive.
To avoid leaks, only two historians were allowed to see them briefly, who declared that they were confident that their content was true. The magazine paid 10 million German marks for the material and a great campaign was prepared to publish them worldwide.
But as soon as historians were able to read parts of them, they publicly indicated that they were full of historical errors and specialists soon realized that the paper and ink used to write them were modern.
It was discovered that the illustrator Konrad Kujau had been responsible for the forgery and he was sentenced to forty-two months in prison for the thymus, while the top officials of the magazine had to renounce their charges for the public shame of this episode.