Professor Jackel

The story of Leah Rosh and Eberhard Jäckel

RIDING in tandem with his unappetising lady friend Leah Rosh -- she changed her first name from Edith and falsely put it about that she was Jewish in order to gain promotion to the highest echelons of the German television networks -- Professor Eberhard Jäckel, head of the history department at Stuttgart University, produced one of the most glaring forgeries ever shown on German television screens.

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[David Irving challenges Jackel about the forgery]

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The Lies:For Part Three of their television documentary Der Tod, ein Meister aus Deutschland (broadcast on May 2, 1990) Jäckel and Rosh showed this photograph, while the commentator spoke these words: "Meanwhile, in 1941 tens of thousands of Jews are rounded up aboard cattletrucks in Romania and shipped to the gas chambers in Auschwitz." The women carrying shopping bags, and the double-decker train to the left, were painted out.

The Truth: The photograph comes from Hamburg railroad station archives in northern Germany. Taken in 1946, a year after the war ended, it shows hungry German civilians packed like sardines aboard coal trains on a shopping expedition to the Ruhr. A print was on display for many years in the Intercity Restaurant at Hamburg station, which may be where the forgers spotted it. The archive stamp on the back of the photograph says:

Ort: Hamburg Hbf
Baujahr... Aufn.Jahr: 1946

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