Joachim Fest

Joachim Fest, born in Berlin in 1926, numbered among the most acclaimed German historians and journalists. He was the editor in chief of NDR television and editor of the »Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung«. His biographies on Hitler and Speer have been translated into several languages and »The Downfall« (2002), a historical sketch of Hitler’s last days, was the basis for the eponymous film by Bernd Eichinger. Shortly after the publication of »Ich nicht« (2006; t: Not I), the autobiographical account of his childhood and youth in the years of National Socialism, Joachim Fest passed away on September 11, 2006.

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