False Hitler diaries deciphered in Tyrol


In 1983, what was to become a sensational report went around the world: Adolf Hitler kept a diary, but the entries were soon exposed as forgeries. The press scandal of the century occupied the world, since then the 60 parts have been locked in the basement. Now the content can be read in its entirety for the first time – thanks to an artificial intelligence program co-developed by the University of Innsbruck. The content is partly banal, but has great explosive power at one point.

The unusual request came in last year from Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). The team led by Günter Mühlberger from the University Institute for German Studies was in high demand. It had developed a computer program based on artificial intelligence (AI): Transkribus can read ancient manuscripts and their specifics. Subject of the analysis: forged diaries of Adolf Hitler. 40 years after the biggest German press scandal of the post-war period, the NDR wanted to fully explore the content for the first time.

Source: Krone


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