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Hitler's Diary & Hermann Goering's Yacht

News this week of the German reporter, Gerd Heidemann - who claimed to have discovered Hitler's Diaries - is now 76, living alone and on welfare.

The former Stern magazine journalist is living in poverty in Hamburg. He has debts exceeding €700,000 and exists on a pension.

His debts includes €150,000 in shipyard bills dating back to when he owned Hermann Goering's yacht, Carin II.231239-1530225-thumbnail.jpg
Heidemann with CARIN II

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 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.

Goering stored the finest wines and cognac aboard, hosted lavish dinners and shot ducks from a specially constructed platform on the bow.

"Where's my boat?"
During the summer of 1940 Goering would sit on the green leather sofa in the boat’s splendid wood panelled salon and study Battle of Britain operational maps on the burr walnut table.

The Carin II survived the collapse of the Third Reich virtually unscathed and was found, moored off Hamburg, by Field Marshal Montgomery who requisitioned it as Nazi treasure for George VI and his family as a spoil of war.

The boat was first renamed the Royal Albert and then Prince Charles and for 15 years it provided a holiday home for the Royal Family.

But eventually the Royals decided it wasn't a good look to be cavorting on Goering's old luxury yacht in a period of post-war austerity and it was handed over to the Goering family in 1960.

The family sold the yacht to a Bonn printer, who renamed it Theresia and kept the boat for 12 years before selling it to Heidemann.

Goering on Carin II, Denmark
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.

As the yacht became increasingly expensive to maintain, Heidmann needed to sell the boat. In 1980 he visited the Stuttgart home of Fritz Steifel, a wealthy collector of Nazi memorabilia, hoping to persuade him to buy the Carin II. Steifel wasn’t interested, but while Heidemann was there, Steifel showed him an unusual and very rare item he had recently acquired. 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. 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 aboard Carin II
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. 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. Kujau thought that the initials, which were in a gothic script, were the letters “AH” for “Adolf Hitler.” In fact, they were “FH”. No one noticed this mistake.

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. The whitener and fibers in the paper were found to be of postwar manufacture. The labels, supposedly spanning thirteen years, had all been typed on the same machine. Tests showed that the supposed wartime diaries were less than two years old. The ink came from an ordinary artist’s shop. And at least one set of the initials glued on the front of the diaries was made of plastic.

The content of the journals had also been sexed up. The entries contained historical inaccuracies and many of them had been plagiarized from Domarus’s Hitler’s Speeches and Proclamations and showed the same typos and grammatical mistakes.

The announcement that the Hitler Diaries were fake made front-page news around the world. Heidemann spilled the beans but insisted he had believed the diaries were real. Kujau fled to Austria. 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. He also claimed that Heidemann had known all along that the diaries were fake.

In August 1984 Heidemann and Kujau were put on trial. Heidemann was accused of stealing 1.7 million marks from Stern, and Kujau of receiving 1.5 million for the diaries. This left over five million marks unaccounted for. 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". Authentic fakes - don't you love it? These included not only forgeries of Hitler’s paintings, but also reproductions of Dalis, Monets, Rembrandts, and Van Goghs. He signed each painting with both his own name and that of the original artist. Many of these “authentic fakes” sold for tens of thousands of marks. In fact, his work became so popular that other forgers began to create forged copies of Kujau’s forgeries. Ha ha.

It gets better. When Kujau died in 2000, his great-niece, Petra Kujau, was subsequently charged with selling hundreds of fakes of his fakes. She would buy oil paintings from Asia for as little as 10 euros apiece, write Kujau’s signature on them, and flog them off for up to 3,500 euros!

Goerings old yacht Carin II was put up for auction, eventually being sold to Egyptian-born Mostafa Karim and his wife, Sandra Simpson attracting more controversy when it was once impounded by Libya's Colonel Gaddafi.
Sandra Simpson, an American citizen, and her husband, Dr. Mostafa Karim, a permanent American citizen of Egyptian birth, were on board the Carin II, a private yacht, sailing in the Mediterranean in February 1987. A sudden storm forced the ship off its course. Libyan harbor authorities responded to the Carin II’s distress signal and permitted it to dock in Benghazi. After the Carin docked, Libyan officials boarded the yacht, made the passengers disembark, and threatened to shoot them if they tried to leave. After holding them for three months, the Libyan authorities permitted Ms. Simpson to flee to Zurich. They continued holding Dr. Karim in solitary confinement and unsanitary conditions without proper food or medical equipment until November 1987.

Postscript: Did you know Goering was shot in the groin during the Beer Hall Putsch with Herr Hitler and ended up with a raging morphine addiction? He was certified a dangerous drug addict and placed in a straitjacket in the violent ward of a Swedish asylum on 1 September 1925.
The psychiatrist's reports claimed -

Göring is weak of character, an hysteric, an unstable personality, sentimental yet callous, violent when afraid and a person who deployed bravado to hide a basic lack of moral courage.

CARIN II Lying in the Red Sea 2003

I found these pics on a Russian photo site. But they are from Rex Features and were taken by Michael Dunlea. The old girl's in a pretty sad state. God only knows what she looks like now. Anyone recognise the engines? Update: she's powered by Mercedes-Benz diesels that were fitted in the early eighties.

"Admiral" Goering & mates
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Reader Comments (28)

Hi There sports fans,

Or Carin II fans. Malcolm Lambe has been in touch with me
claiming to be a possible buyer for my boat, Carin II.
I really fail to see the fascination that this yacht causes so many people to slink around and fail to tell the truth. With the net these days, no matter who you are, or what you say, people will find it on the net.

Malcolm: Yes I've said in the story I'm in email contact with you. Where do I "fail to tell the truth"? This blog gets over 100k unique visitors a month and is well-positioned on Google and the other search engines - spidered daily by eleven, as it happens. So obviously I'm well aware that "people will find me on the net".

Far from being a weak boat, mine is the only boat in the whole of El Gouna that does NOT need to be pumped out, ie it is not taking on water. She has a double wood hull one of which is ironwood and a fiberglass coating so thick, bullets could not get through. This is courtesy of Stern magazine, or Gerd Heidemann. His options, their money.

Malcolm: go and read it again. I'm in awe of how well-built the vessel is - double-diagonal Burmese Teak over Oak. You say "ironwood" but who would know as you have furnished me with no Survey Details whilst at the same time asking a price of $295k. In fact I've struggled and struggled to even get a photograph of the boat from you. As for the boat not taking on water - all boats leak a little. And so they should. Through the stern-gland.

If you want to write fables on the net OK, say so. If you are really interested in the boat, say that also, but why lie.

Malcolm: what fables? I'm quoting contemporary news reports. And once again who's lying? How do you know I'm not ready to lay my money on the table?

The "actions" of Ms. Simpson, that the captain was
referring to, was my contacting a Westerner who got the story that we were being held in Libya to the outside world. In effect, saving our lives and rescuing us.
He wrote that while still being held. It was a difficult time.

Malcolm: well yes...I just quoted from the Log and added my own tongue-in-cheek conjecture.

What I am saying to you out there is, the world is big enough for everyone and everyone has a story.

Go out and discover your own story! Let mine rest.

Malcolm: truly bizarre. "The world is big enough for everyone and everyone has a story". Um yeah but not quite like your story eh? That's why it's a story - Goering's yacht, American girl married to a wealthy Egyptian, storm at sea, held by Gaddafi for months, yacht plundered for Nazi relics, owner puts it on the market without a Marine Survey or proper details/photos and hopes for $295,000. BTW I did say I wouldn't pay anywhere near that. And I note that your last yacht broker of a few years ago held the opinion that the vessel was worth no more than $150k. Since that time it has been broken in to again and has not been slipped. Its also currently uninsured. The way you're going this classic timber motor yacht will end up on the bottom of the Red Sea. Which would be a very great pity. Ever thought of donating it to the "Victims of the Holocaust" or something? Now that would be a story.

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Simpson
September 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaverickKK
georing also owned seawolf a small cruising sailing yacht about 30 meters where is she now in 1950 - 1960 she used to cruise the west coast of scotland from a base in the clyde - is she scrapped?
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterseumas
i think she should be done up shes part of history
looery funding
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterseumas
Goerings sailing yacht is in Swastopol Ukraine, also Admiral Dönitz and Goerings Comandoship Aviso HELA,now ANGARA, very nice refubisch and ouverhold.You will find it on the net russian sites. I was asking for sale, nobody want to sell.
March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHerbert
The Yacht is lining in the harbour of el Gouna en is being restored
August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob van H
That Göring’s Carin II now in August 2009 is being restored in el Gouna; does that mean that Sandra Simpson has been sold it? Or is it still fore sale? Anybody knows?
August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorten PR Wedén
Do you know the family tree of Hermann Goering???
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargarete von Jezierski
April 16 2010

Have just picked up a new novel by Valerie Warner entitled Carina-The Yacht that Refused to Die. It is on sale at Amazon.com and is a fascinating read. It uses most of the facts, cunningly embellished to make a rivetting tale. I thoroughly recommend it.
April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Swenson
I am just back from El Gouna and the Yacht is berthed at the Abydos Jetty, it does not look like it being worked on but it was nice to see a bit of 'history'in the red sea.
September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Campbell
I was last week (28 november) in ElGouna and took some pictures of the boat. The boat lays in the dive centre, where the boats are laying for the divers. Somebody told me it was sold to the English gouvernement.
I' am not sure if this is correct.
It's coreect to say that the are not working at the boat.
November 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralex debusschere
I was on the Carin 2 with Mohammad the Egyptian owner during it's arrest in Ez Zueitina Libya. I believe it had also been arrested in Ras Lanuf Libya.
December 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris Walker
I wrote to Heiderman - in his reply he stated that the Carin 2 was at a berth on the Keil Canal (not Hamburg) at the end of WW2, and I believe this to be so, because my father (Captain RN) was ordered to take charge of her on his way from Copenhagen via the Kiel to Wihelhaven immediately after the cessation of hostilities. Incidentally, I still have the Kaiserliche Kreigsflagge (German Imperial flag) from Carin 2.
January 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn allison
I to, was at the HMS Royal Prince at Rhinehaven, the base of The Royal Marine Corp during 1953 and 1955 and had the pleasure once of escorting Princess Ann to the SHAPE HQ in Paris when she was aboard the Yacht " Carin 11 ", known then as Prince Albert. What a beautiful craft. ( More the Shame ) My good wishes to all I served with at the base. 11.06.11
June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRonHarman
Hello ,

Could you tell me where she is today ?

Thank you

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteryvan
PW mentions a book, which I have not been able to find at Amazon. It is called Carina- The Yacht that Refused to Die. Anyone know where I can get a copy.
December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat Clarke
Jesus...do you not know how to use Google? I found it in 2 seconds. http://www.bookguild.co.uk/carina-the-yacht-that-refused-to-die-pr-990.html

God there's some fucking morons in this world.

Reads like complete crap BTW. She no doubt got the idea from reading my posts here.
December 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
My wife's uncle was one of the british troops sent to guard the yacht when it was captured. They did a fine job of stealing almost anything on it that wasn't nailed down. Her uncle, Tom O'Hagan, actually had Hermann Goering's pearl-handled revolvers as a souvenir. However, he was told upon returning home that they would all be searched upon disembarking, and that anyone possessing anything they shouldn't have would be in serious trouble. Accordingly, he threw the revolvers overboard. Presumably, they are still at the bottom of Southampton harbour. And in the event, none of them DID get searched anyway!
February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwill
@ Will, I think there was a lot of stuff looted from the boat over the years. Pity really. Imagine what those pearl-handled revolvers would be worth today.
February 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
hi I have just returned from El Gouna and the Carin is currently being worked on by a crew of workmen. i have seen progress of this work during my 10 day stay and i would hope that with time this craft will be restored.
September 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohn carter

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