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It was a single, black-bound volume of Hitler’s diary, covering the period from January to June, 1935.Heidemann persuaded his employers, Stern magazine, to advance him cash to acquire instalments of more than 50 volumes.

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The labels, supposedly spanning thirteen years, had all been typed on the same machine.Konrad Kujau, the forger, scuffed them up and stained them with tea to give them an old, battered appearance.He glued initials on to the front cover of each diary.Turned out all the diaries were forgeries, but ones which managed to fool both the Sunday Times and the British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper.The diaries were bound in black, and about 1.5 centimeters thick.Kujau thought that the initials, which were in a gothic script, were the letters “AH” for “Adolf Hitler.” In fact, they were “FH”. Eventually, chemical analysis indicated the diaries were fake.

All three volumes contained traces of polyamid 6, a synthetic textile invented in 1938 but not manufactured in bulk until 1943.

Heidemann spilled the beans but insisted he had believed the diaries were real. But when he learned that Stern had paid nine million marks for the diaries but Heidemann had paid him only two million he spat the dummy and gave himself up - just to spite Heidemann.

To prove his guilt, he wrote out part of his confession in Hitler’s handwriting.

The construction and presentation attracted great public interest as it was the first vessel of its type and size to be built.

For a private vessel it had an astronomical price tag - 1.3 Million Reichsmarks.

Hitler was a frequent visitor, as was Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels, SS chief Heinrich Himmler, and his security police leader, Reinhard Heydrich.