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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.
Heidemann restored the name Carin II and entertained Goering's daughter Edda and numerous prominent Nazis on board.
Including Karl Wolff, former head of the SS in Italy and Himmler’s liaison officer with Hitler, and SS General Wilhelm Mohnke, the last commander of the garrison defending the Reich Chancellery in 1945.
The yacht was a gift to Hermann Goering, supreme commander of the Luftwaffe, from the German motor industry in 1937 to mark Goering’s marriage to his second wife, Emmy, but was named after his first spouse, Carin, who died of TB six years earlier.
The 90ft-long (27.5 Metres) 70 ton Carin II was described by one contemporary newspaper as "a symbol of German shipbuilding supremacy, a floating embassy for the state".
The diaries were bound in black, and about 1.5 centimeters thick.
And then went on spending sprees buying first-class cruises, new cars, apartments, and large amounts of Nazi memorabilia (most of it fake).
At one point he even inquired about the possibility of buying Hitler’s childhood home.
Heidemann was accused of stealing 1.7 million marks from Stern, and Kujau of receiving 1.5 million for the diaries. Both men were convicted of fraud and sentenced to over four years in prison each.
After being released from prison in 1988, Kujau opened a gallery in Stuttgart where he sold “authentic fakes". These included not only forgeries of Hitler’s paintings, but also reproductions of Dalis, Monets, Rembrandts, and Van Goghs.