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06/05/1983 The Hitler Diaries are revealed as a hoax


6th May 1983: The Hitler Diaries proven to be forgeries


1983: The Diary of Hitler


The Hitler Diaries


Robert Harris on Selling Hitler - the Guardian

The Hitler Diaries were a series of sixty volumes of journals purportedly written by Adolf Hitler, but forged by Konrad Kujau between 1981 and 1983. Rigorous forensic analysis confirmed that the diaries were fakes. Kujau and Heidemann spent time in prison for their parts in the fraud, and several newspaper editors lost their jobs.
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    • Essentials 

    • Background 

    • Production and sale of the diaries 

    • Initial testing and verification; steps towards publication 

    • Released to the news media; the ''Stern'' press conference 

    • Forensic analysis and the uncovering of the frauds 

    • Arrests and trial 

    • Aftermath