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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The Original LOG of CARIN II is for sale at an Australian Online Military Memorabilia site for AU$4000.
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.
More on this fascinating story. I found an article in Der Spiegel from 2004 and translated it into English with Babelfish - and that's what it reads like in part - babble. No matter...you can get the gist of the yarn. Here's the source and here's the wacky translation -
In the Red Sea a deeply German ship emerged again: the former luxury yacht of Hitler's realm marshal Hermann Goering.
The bathing resort El Gouna at the Red Sea would gladly be an Arab Saint Tropez and the shipping agent Christopher Brunner heavy dreams to make with an old punt a spectacular business. While the sand mark at of Egypt must still wait coast for its break-through to the Top Spot of the millionaires, desire and reality do not gape completely so far with the German boat salesman.
With the "Carin II" Brunner heavy has an almost unbelievable piece in the catalog, which was considered for a long time as verschollen. Among the owners of the legendary engine yacht did not only rank with Hermann Goering a man, who made history as Hitler Intimus, Jew pursuer and a Air Force boss in the third realm relevantly, separate with ex-"Stern"-reporter Gerd Heidemann also one, which wanted to describe them later. But even the old journalistic blood dog with the weakness for brown tracks had already lost the "Carin II" trace years ago. He does not know, what from his ship became, confesses Heidemann, 72.
The 1937 teak built 27-Meter-Yacht, of Erstbesitzer Goering are baptized actually in memory of its the deceased wife "Carin II" ("Carin I" was too small and weather susceptible), a gruselig German ship. The launching of a vessel became the boat a popular place for secret meetings right after. Nazi sizes such as Heinrich Himmler and Martin Bormann, in addition, the leader are to have enjoyed the hospitality of the field marshal on it.
With beginning of war the yacht became Goerings personal control center. In the twilight of the cabin usually on Havel, Spree or Elbe schippernden boat probably matured the resolution to the air battle around England, which the reich marshal pursued on board by radio and telephone.
When Germany lay in debris and ash, the victorious British favours at Goerings of swimming summerhouse found. War hero field marshal Montgomery baptized the booty ship in "Royal Albert" over and made it for the later Queen Elizabeth the gift. The designated it after its first born "Prince Charles". As flagship of the Royal Navy Rheinflottille the Goering yacht drove some years in European waters; with postwar chancellor Konrad Adenauer was allowed even again a German politician on board.
Back into German hands the boat fell in June 1960. Courts awarded the yacht of the Goering widow Emmy, which silvered its inheritance however already soon. New owner became owner of printering from Bonn, who provided the ship with a fourth name: "Theresia".
The doubtful Goering-flair returned to the ship however only "Stern" reporter Heidemann. It transformed the punt into a swimming reliquary casket for LV Fetischisten, while it was jubilant the alleged Hitler diaries to its Hamburg pictorial at the beginning of the eighties. The journalist was pushed with a search on the boat and had it, partially on pumps, for 160,000 Marks arisen. Heidemann equipped the ship after the grotesque taste of the baroque benefit human being: Soon there were again Goering board silver, Goering drinking cups and Goering ashtrays, the visitors reported.
On board met journalist colleagues, publishing house managers and former national socialists. In his film over the diary affair ("Schtonk") director Helmut Dietl let the fictitious Heidemannn even the Goering niece on the planks love, which disclaims the original figure however as "freely invented".
The speculation of the "Carin of II" owner on a high resale value of the yacht burst with the diary swindle. In an auction by order of the court the Egyptian oil agent Mustafa Karim acquired 1988 in Hamburg the ship for 270,000 Marks. With his American Mrs. Sandra Simpson it schipperte the "Carin II" by North Sea, English Channel and Biskaya in the Mediterranean.
At his current anchorage before El Gouna works the ship hardly seaworthy. The railing is damaged, those planks is washes. In the captain area with heavy oak table and greener leather couch strikes the visitor Muff against.
The erbaermliche condition is the result of a equivalent double stroke of fate for the American. After its man had died, the Egyptian bureaucracy opened an embittered war around the control over the ship. Only for few weeks broker may offer the "Carin II" to Brunner heavy in Simpsons order for the sales - and refers to many promising inquiries from the gulf emirates.
Desert princes have and oil sheikh with the boat dealer before-feel alleged to leave, what the betagte Pott is to cost. Also from the relationship of the Iraqi ex dictator Saddam Hussein inquiries about the "Carin II" were made. "the history of the yacht", gives itself confidently the broker, "pleases the Arabs. And drives the price."
Dinghy history(dinghy!! Good start made there Google. Babelfish translates as Ships Boat of History...hmmm...wonder what they mean? Rettungsboot means lifeboat so it can't be that...maybe its a play on words of tender? As in Tender History? Anyone know German?)
The yacht Carin II once belonged to Hermann Goering and later the "Finder" of The Hitler Diaries. Now it's for sale again.
By Thomas E. Schmidt
The yacht port of El-Gouna, perhaps hundred meters from the pier, lies with slanted gestelltem rowing a wooden boat at anchor. It turns irritated with the gusts, does something with his drooping ramponiert sun deck, rostbraun dyed sand from the flight - but a certain elegance, it has preserved in the Red Sea. The other boats are so thick and confident, says Sandra Simpson, the ship's owner for 20 years, they stay where they are, even when stormy. My boat zappelts immediately like a dying fish on the rod.
German tourists on the Egyptian El-Gouna holiday, recognize the Carin II usually by the third day. A replica of Hermann Göring's yacht had a role in the 1991 Academy Award nominated Helmut Dietl film Schtonk based on the Stern Magazine scandal over the forged Hitler diaries which has a permanent place in the memory of the Germans. This is the Carin II no German ship fate as others from this era, later in the Marine pathetic prose transfigured. The thick Reich Marshal (The thick Reich Marshal? Ha ha. They must mean "rotund" schipperte a total of only two years on their way around. Rather, it is a dinghy (There's that word again!) in history, at times on the shoals of large events, but mostly in quiet historic inland waters - and once they slipped in the mud of a public grotesque.
Fortunately they brought their owners are not changing. Her story sounds even a bit sad, like a sailor's song of launenhaften sea. It was a gift from the German car industry to Goering, with which it was not a good end. After the war, fell to the British, later, the young Prince Charles on their vacation. In the sixties Bonner drove a print shop owner with her walking on the Rhine, and later he complained that his marriage had failed, the drama had largely played on board.
The star reporter Gerd Heidemann went into a self-produced under strudel. ("a self-produced under strudel"?! Even the great Knick in Sandra Simpsons life had with the Carin II to do so.
Hurghada, about twenty kilometres south of El-Gouna, is the oldest tourist centre in the Red Sea, full of stuff diving schools Stuff diving schools?! Is that like a Muff Diving School? and shops in which cloned Pharaoh's heads and water pipes to buy. At the beginning of the boom, 1983, worked for the American Sandra Simpson here as the first female diving teacher in Egypt. She lived with her Egyptian husband Karim Mustafa in a big house, as everything still sand and beach.
Hurghada was improvised, but chic, British and Americans came to water sports. Later, when the big hotel complexes were built, came the Germans. Now it hosts the Russian middle class.
Goering, Prince Charles, Adenauer: You all lead already on the Carin II.
Egyptian Sandra's life is drawing to a quarter of a century to the end. It should go quickly. It regulates its affairs, and this has in a small hotel in Hurghada Downtown-eingemietet. The legacy of her late husband is out of the house and the boat - and duration of trouble in court and a tough family dispute. The Karim, one must know, are a powerful and extensive Egyptian family, pursuing a variety of interests and very traditional. Meanwhile, Sandra sold the house, against the resistance of their Schwäger. What exactly will the family is difficult to say, at least not the proceeds to Sandra's U.S. account hinterherwinken. Now, there is still the boat.
I have the money. But what does that mean in this country? In the last moment you can lose everything. Egypt has it tough, maybe even hard. The country has in it like a eingebohrt Ohrgeräusch after diving. Sandra Simpson is disguised as a tourist by Hurghada streets, with T-shirt and Baseball cap. Your clothes after she is already at home in Pennsylvania, a narrow Yankee woman, accustomed to under adverse conditions to say. Arabic speaking only if absolutely required. Then loud. A small blue Nokia phone with a handsfree dangling micro connects them with the world their Egyptian and American friends. In fact, I hate the sun, wind, sand, surfing. I am longing to woods, where I can ride again, with rain and mud.
All attempts in recent years by a broker to find buyers, remain unsuccessful. The Carin II, in the Sandra recalls happier times, the last memory of Mustafa, the ship's treasure, this strange German legend, for a while as strange German types dressed, they vergammelt slow. There is no time for sentimentality. The climate has not rotted the boat, rather mummified it. The double hull is undamaged, inside the oak diagonal, the outer layer of Rangoon-Teak kraweel geplankt: best work. Wow! Double-diagonal planking - oak inside - Burmese teak out. You do know what that would cost these days?
And yet, what a contrast to 1937, than in the small Hamburg shipyard Hermann Heidtmann built yacht caused a stir because nobody in the kingdom drove a similar boat. Fantastic 1.3 million Reichsmark had tasted it, Göring crew of the Navy Air Force blütenweiße wore uniforms, in edelholzgetäfelten Salon reigned valet Robert, and later in the bunk were always the diamond dagger, a gift from Mussolini, and the legendary Mauserpistol in front e. Under a deck hatch: the hunting seat. He had the imperial Jägermeister expressly requested - actually just a flat metal shell for someone who is very broad (Read:fat bastard ;-)). From there Goering shot seagulls, actually a taboo for seafarers.
The Carin II received prominent Nazis with coffee and cake, on its conversion, the aviation industry to war production has been ordered.
For a long time the boat was anchored near the Luftwaffenstützpunktes Gatow in Berlin. Since the war began it was in Hamburg in marina Waltershof-Finkenwerder. Then in 1945 became part of the Royal Navy - renamed the Royal Albert - the flagship of the British fleet of the Rhine. In 1952 the boat was renamed Prince Charles. She steamed from Krefeld for the state visit to Switzerland in 1955 and was even command ship of the British at the first joint NATO maneuvers "Cordon Bleu". Then came Adenauer to the evening reception on Göringis yacht. Regularly, she was used by the Royal Family. The former chef recalls that the Royals used to fly to Frankfurt and then drive by Rolls-Royce to Wiesbaden-Schierstein where they could go by boat up the Rhine to Heidelberg or down to Holland. Prince Charles, as a boy, was kept busy peeling potatoes. (WTF!)
Hard to say what is happening in all the years to original equipment received. Today it is actually only the salon that some of the gloomy bourgeois elegance of the thirties remains. Each new owner of the vessel, especially Gerd Heidemann (who later claimed to have it restored) renovated the yacht. Heidemann added a lot of mahogany fittings. Sandra says that much of the old Goering memorabilia, which Heidemann gathered from dubious sources, was still on board when she and Mustafa auctioned the boat. Meanwhile, almost everything is gone.
Twice relics robbers have broken into the Carin II. Once in the early Nineties and then again a little later. As well as that still photos of the yacht were stolen from Sandra's apartment in Cairo. Years later, Sandra did an Internet search and found some of the items on the site of an antique book store in Galway, Ireland.
Under the title The Carin II Archives she found almost everything for sale. Sandra protested and the archive disappeared from the web for awhile. But now it's back offering ashtrays and binoculars, parts of the library, photos, paintings, logbooks and the famous green Sèvres porcelain with the Golden family crest of the Reichsmarshall. And €48,500 buys the whole collection.
Measured against the greed, the emergence of this kind of Memorabilia still two or three decades would have triggered, it must be noted that something has changed for the better. Of course there are customers for such a thing, but Sandra says that the price was earlier twice as high. Apparently, the market for goods Goering broken into, and it would Carin II prospects for a more attractive, when they finally emerging from the Nazi heraustuckerte haze.
End of the fifties, since they have long expired under the English flag, the name spukte Goering briefly again around than before court on the private property of the Nazi leaders argued. The largest part of Goering zusammengegaunerten seized goods was 1946. The so-called Berlin assets, however, essentially cash and Imperial Treasury, had the British after 1945 North Rhine-Westphalia provides. Since 1957 Emmy widow complained to the return of these assets, on the grounds that Hermann was in the last days of the war leaders from the party and been sentenced to death - and thus victims of the regime.
Two years later they reached a partial success: Subsequent asset expropriations in North Rhine-Westphalia were no longer constitutionally, so its 150 000 D-Mark cash, jewellery and the ship had to be refunded. So Emmy lived with daughter Edda, which later with Gerd Heidemann liiert was carefree in Munich. The Carin II 1960 sold it for 33 000 Mark Bonner to those print shop owners, whose marriage unfortunately went wrong. The verscherbelte turn the boat for 16 years to five to Heidemann.
Thus begins the re-invention of the Carin II as a Nazi boat. About Heidemann has been much speculation that he is an obscure figure and a heilloser Fantast, but he was also once an outstanding reporter. Example way he felt very early the so-called rat line, which, equipped with Red Cross passports of the Catholic Church, desk perpetrators and executioners fled in the direction of Argentina. Old and neo-Nazis formed soon Heide's Entourage, why, that remains his great mystery. On the Carin II, he received former SS generals and collectors of militaria. The tips of the Gruner + Jahr Publishing House gave the honor. This was radical chic and was wonderfully politically incorrect. The early eighties was a confused time, Germany's past seemed to fade, and you could feel superior to her by the scrap of brown reign played.
Heidemann wanted the ship for 1.3 million dollars resell but found no. He lived fast and was deep in debt, and dreamed of hidden treasures of gold from the Nazis and Bernstein rooms. Eventually he met then the manuscripts-Paganini Konrad Kujau and cheered stern false diaries of the leader under, 60 volumes of 9.3 million marks. On 25 April 1983 was Europe's largest magazine with the greatest of all time to duck. Heidemann was sentenced to four years and eight months condemned six million of the embezzled money remained until today disappeared. All four safes on the Carin II, however, were empty. The hole in Göring Originalschatulle welded later Libyan Revolution Garden into it.
During the busy star reporter Göring brushed uniform, Sandra Simpson lived in a lighter, unschuldigeren world. In Paris the end of the seventies, the young student of French language, Egyptian petroleum engineer Mustafa Karim know each other. He had studied in the U.S., was charming, educated, British mother, father, a Pasha. The times believed in progress, with some luck could all get rich. And Karim, of the large commissions Ölgeschäfte lived, was lucky. They married in January 1980. They went on trips, enjoyed the luxury of Cairo and Hurghada discovered as a diving paradise.
Actually, they already had a yacht. But it was too large. The purpose was for them a small wooden boat, but beautiful wooden boats are rare.
1985, a friend on the ship's attention to the auction in Hamburg to stand, because someone is so in a large Kuddelmuddel maneuvers. In December bought Sandra and Mustafa Carin II for the 270 000 marks. No one in Germany wanted the ship scandal. Sandra claimed that they had at that time really had no idea that it was actually Göring's yacht. A new life section should begin for children and boats.
In Hamburg remained stuck inside the expansion ended and the electronics renewed. The ship is steamed to Spain, then the couple spends half a year on their yacht in Antibes.
It is 28 January 1987. They set course for Hurghada, where Mustafa has sunk his entire fortune into a hotel project and similar activities. Also on board: a Belgian captain, a Belgian woman and a German mechanic.
Mustafa his government had a huge piece bought from desert, with the stipulation within three years, a hotel complex to be built. It aims to pensions. Her first stop is San Remo, and from there it goes on to Naples Gaeta. Very dark clouds creep over the mountains. By Crete, the weather had calmed down.
On 6 February marked the logbook of the Carin II: Passing the Cape Vaticano in the direction of Messina. Peaceful Sea.
On 8 February quoted the captain for six o'clock - wind force six to ten o'clock seven and four o'clock in the afternoon gale force nine: The autopilot is collapsed. Waves over the stern. Vessel out of control. Waves up to five meters high. 9th February: Very rough seas. 7.00 o'clock, trying to Greece on course to take a ship is not responding.
The following day, the Ramponierten permission to settle in Libyan waters to save. In Benghazi, they are interrogated, but also receive food and tools. First, there is hope after the storm to continue the journey. And it seems to be something done.
Under 16 February is the logbook: I can the behaviour of Ms Simpson is not cheap and I fear it will give us all at risk. (This makes more sense with the babelfish translation which reads -
I cannot approve of the behavior of ms Simpson and I am afraid it put us all in danger.
So I wonder what was going on there? Was Sandra walking around in a bikini? Abusing the Libyans? I might have to ask her (I'm in email contact).
The owner wants to sell the boat but finds nobody.
Sandra is not happy about these days. The Revolutionary Garden take their passports and puts them in a hotel in Benghazi. Karim immediately sends a telegram to Gadhafi. There are armed, announces the crew, Karim, the board fund itself. It creates them in a hotel in Derna, there are Dauerverhöre. Worst of all is the uncertainty that indictment will not be collected. Libya is considered dangerous rogue state, only half a year earlier, the U.S. Air Force targets in Tripoli and Benghazi bombed. At the same time, the Libyan coast guard a small ship called Silco, with the Frenchman on board. Even its crew disappeared in the country, as a suspected Israeli spies. Only two and a half years later was the revolutionary leader with great humanitarian gesture again. Shortly afterwards, the French government three Mirage fighter jets to Libya, the maintenance brought to France and then had been seized.
However seemed Carin-pray for Libya to have been worthless. After three months, the Belgians, the Germans and the American woman ausfliegen. Not so the Egyptians Mustafa Karim. From the first day had it separated from the group, and no one knew whether he was still alive. Sandra says that her husband had had one of the few Egyptians, because of their Ölgeschäfte were allowed to travel to Libya. It would also be divided for Mustafas with their family connections have been easy to detect and brother release. But for Karim did not hand.
It took longer than one year, until it is wiedersahen. Finally they brought the ship to Hurghada and took their construction project in check. In the area were huge concrete skeletons. The crucial time to press ahead with the project, was passed. A part of the country attacked the government, they could tear the structures again. The other part is attacked Mustafas brothers. In August 1993 Sandra's husband died of stomach cancer.
That's it. Sandra Simpson was looking for a new life in Cairo. A buyer for the ship they were still looking. The Carin II sank Egyptian thorn in their Rösch's sleep, sand storms utmost, with slanted gestelltem rowing in a short anchor chain.
Hell of a story isn't it? In the old days, Omar Sharif would have played Karim Mustafa with Meryl Streep as Sandra Simpson.
BTW Sandra Simpson is alive and well, has remarried and is working as a teacher back in The States.
Just discovered this in David Irving's book "War Path" -
August 6 1939 we find Hermann Göring conferring with Milch, Udet and Jeschonnek urgently summoned on the fifth to the stateroom of his yacht Karin II in northern Germany and demanding a vastly enlarged Luftwaffe of attack: Göring was going to activate thirty-two new bomber wings by April 1943 – 4,330 aircraft including 2,460 Junkers 88s.
Wikipedia has this to say about him - "In 1983, Irving played a major role in the Hitler Diaries controversy. Irving was an early proponent of the argument that the diaries were a forgery, and went so far as to crash the press conference held by Hugh Trevor-Roper at the Hamburg offices of Der Stern magazine on 25 April 1983 to denounce the diaries as a forgery and Trevor-Roper for endorsing the diaries as genuine (Trevor-Roper had called the press conference to announce his withdrawal of his endorsement, arguably rendering Irving's attack on Trevor-Roper irrelevant). Irving's performance at the Der Stern press conference where he violently harangued Trevor-Roper until ejected by security led him to be featured prominently on the news and the next day Irving appeared on Today television show as a featured guest.
However, a week later on May 2, Irving reversed himself and claimed the diaries were genuine; at the same press conference, Irving took the opportunity to promote his translation of the memoirs of Hitler’s physician Dr. Theodor Morell. Robert Harris in his book "Selling Hitler" suggested that an additional reason for Irving's change of mind over the authenticity of the alleged Hitler diaries was that the alleged diaries contain no reference to the Holocaust, thereby buttressing Irving's claim in "Hitler's War" that Hitler had no knowledge of the Holocaust.
Subsequently Irving reversed himself again when the diaries were revealed as a forgery. At a press conference held to withdraw his endorsement of the diaries, Irving proudly claimed that he was the first to call the diaries a forgery, to which a reporter replied that he was also the last to call the diaries genuine. In his later accounts of his role in the Hitler Diaries matter, Irving has always mentioned his role as proponent of the theory that the diaries were fake while ignoring his change of opinion about their authenticity....
In 1989, Irving published his biography of Hermann Göring, in which he highlighted, though did not endorse, the more "positive" features of the Nazi Reichsmarschall. Irving avoided discussion of Göring's role in the Holocaust, describing instead Göring's jovial personality and offering a wealth of lesser-known facts about his life. Irving also recounts various incidents and produces documents as evidence that Göring disapproved of the persecution of Jews and other Nazi crimes....
By the mid-1980s, however, Irving associated himself with the Holocaust-denying I.H.R., began giving lectures to groups such as the far-right German Deutsche Volksunion, and publicly denied that the Nazis systematically exterminated Jews in gas chambers during World War II....
In 2006 after being arrested and imprisoned by the Austrians he said - "I've changed my views. I spoke then about Auschwitz and gas chambers based on my knowledge at the time, but by 1991 when I came across the Eichmann papers, I wasn't saying that any more and I wouldn't say that now. The Nazis did murder millions of Jews. ..I made a mistake by saying there were no gas chambers, I am absolutely without doubt that the Holocaust took place. I apologise to those few I might have offended though I remain very proud of the 30 books I have written." However, Irving continued to insist that Hitler knew nothing of the death camps, and that "The figure of six million killed Jews is just a symbolic number"."
Taken from Wikipedia
Just found this pic on Flickr - With this text under it -
- HMS Prince Albert*
The Royal Navy/Royal Marine base on the Rhine in 1956 or 1957. My father, who served on RM landing craft at the base, and who took the photo, said that the rumour was that the white yacht previously belonged to Hitler. However, having done some research on the internet, I believe the yacht is actually the "Carin II," which was Hermann Goering's private yacht, and which still exists in a somewhat dilapidated state.
More pics. Original plans - And a treasure-trove of shots here - CarinII