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21 years ago Germany's left-wing weekly 'stern' became the laughing stock of the world.
It will never be forgotten: 'stern' and the Hitler diaries.
"Hitler's diaries discovered"
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In April 1983, the popular West German magazine Stern made a shocking announcement that sparked passionate debates throughout the world and temporarily challenged historical views concerning Germany's most notorious ex-chancellor. The periodical claimed that 62 handwritten volumes of secret diaries allegedly written by the founder of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler, had been discovered in East Germany. According to Charles Hamilton's book, The Hitler Diaries, the volumes were reported to be one of the most-significant, historical discoveries in recent history. However, time proved the manuscripts instead were one of the biggest hoaxes of the century. ...
...the fraudulent nature of the diaries was grossly overlooked and the now serial rights of 62 manuscripts were up for sale by Stern. Many newspaper and magazine publishers in Europe and America showed a great interest in the Hitler diaries, knowing that the story would likely boost their circulation, as well as their bank accounts. Some of the first to make a bid on the story included, Newsweek, ParisMatch and London's Sunday Times and Times newspapers. Unfortunately, they had no inkling that they would be swept up in one of the biggest hoaxes in history.
'stern's' journalistic reputation never recovered from the scandal.
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