Konrad Kujau's Hitler Diaries
The amazing thing throughout the entire trial was that it was never determined where the missing money went. More than 5 million marks allegedly paid out by Stern for the diaries had simply vanished. It wasnt even entirely clear who was in possession of the money at the time of the trial.
Some believe Konrad had actually received more money than he was admitting too. His abrupt change in lifestyle from modest to extravagant during the time the forgery was discovered certainly supports the theory. After all, many wondered how else would he have been able to afford the two apartments and a house with the money he claimed to have received.
However, it is also likely that Heidemann pocketed a vast majority of the money. At the time the fraud was being investigated, the authorities learned that Heidemann purchased two villas in
In 1988, Konrad was released from prison after hospital physicians diagnosed him with stomach cancer. According to a September 14, 2000 article in The Times, after Konrads release he claimed to be in debt for approximately £160,000. To make money, he produced and sold replica paintings of artists such as Hitler, Klimt, Monet, Rembrandt and Dali, being sure to tell buyers that the paintings were not original so as to stay out of legal trouble. The Times stated that Konrad was so successful that some of his paintings, fetched up to £42,000.
Apart from painting, Konrad also decided to embark on a political career. In 1994 he ran in an election for mayor of his hometown in
Following his brief stint in politics, Konrad went back to what he knew best, painting forgeries. However, no matter how hard he tried to stay on the up-and-up, he continued to get into trouble. According to The New York Times, a
On September 12, 2000, Konrad passed away in a