Renowned Hitler biographer Joachim Fest dies

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12 September 2006, FRANKFURT - German author and historian Joachim Fest, who gained fame with his writings about Nazi Germany, has died at the age of 79, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine reported on Tuesday. Fest, long-time cultural affairs editor and co-publisher of the newspaper, passed away at his home near Frankfurt on Monday, the paper said without giving a cause of death. Fest, who was born in Berlin in 1926, was awarded numerous prizes for his historical writing. His 1973 work Hitler is regarded

12 September 2006

FRANKFURT - German author and historian Joachim Fest, who gained fame with his writings about Nazi Germany, has died at the age of 79, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine reported on Tuesday.

Fest, long-time cultural affairs editor and co-publisher of the newspaper, passed away at his home near Frankfurt on Monday, the paper said without giving a cause of death.

Fest, who was born in Berlin in 1926, was awarded numerous prizes for his historical writing. His 1973 work Hitler is regarded as the finest biography of the Nazi dictator in any language.

Oliver Hirschbiegel's 2004 film The Downfall is based in part on Fest's book Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich, along with the writing of Hitler's personal secretary Traudl Jung.

Other works included The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership, and Plotting Hitler's Death: The Story of German Resistance.

After World War II, in which he served and was taken prisoner, Fest worked in radio and television before becoming a full-time writer.

He also worked closely with Albert Speer and edited his memoirs after Hitler's former architect and minister for armaments was released from Berlin's Spandau prison in 1966.

DPA

Subject: German news

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