Gerd Heidemann tells German publishing conglomerate Gruner + Jahr that he has
discovered Adolph Hitler's diaries. The price was a mere $2mn.
+ Jahr hired handwriting experts who declared that the diaries were genuine, however
these experts used a sample of forged handwriting as a reference for the writing
in the diaries.
Murdoch's company bought the rights for $3.75mn in April 1983. Murdoch hired Hugh
Trevor-Roper, the world's foremost Hitler historian, to examine the diaries.
German police were also investigating and their analysis of the paper and ink
rather than the handwriting revealed the hoax.
was discovered that the diaries were obvious forgeries. The diary contained paper
made which included a whitening agent (blankophor) that was not available until
after WW2. Threads attached to the fake seals were made out of polyester, a substance
not used before Hitler's death and ink tests confirmed the ink was only a few
identified the forger as Konrad Kujau. In 1985 Heidemann and Kujau received a
4 year prison sentence.