of the most hilariously successful hoaxes, taking in the cream of European publishers,
magazine Stern published the diaries which had, it was alleged, been penned by
the Fuhrer Adolf Hitler himself.
the source who originally authenticated the diaries (an eminent Hitler historian),
admitted that he was having second thoughts soon after publication, in a press
diaries had been discovered, so the story went, in a Hayloft in East Germany.
They had been rescued from a plane crash.
allegedly paid $5 million for the diaries and the Sunday Times, in Britain, paid
$400,000 for the British serialization rights.
diaries covered a period from 1932 until shortly before Hitler's death in Berlin
the hoax was uncovered as the ink used was modern and the writing was very consistent,
indicating the copy had been hand-written in a few goes, and not regularly like
in normal diary.