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(FAKING HITLER)

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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2021

FAKING HITLER tells the story of the forged Hitler diaries: the biggest media scandal of the post-war period, from the forgery of the first diary to their publication and the conviction of the protagonists.

STERN reporter Gerd Heidemann buys the Hitler diaries which have been forged by Konrad Kujau. A journalist at the magazine, Elisabeth Stöckel, is being blackmailed by a young Jewish activist, Jeffrey Gold, about her father’s Nazi past and hands over copies of the diaries. With Elisabeth‘s help, Gold wants to stop the diaries being published. However, they don‘t achieve their goal. The diaries are published, but exposed shortly afterwards as forgeries...