Nazi Leader’s Boat for Sale in Egypt

Published January 09, 2004, issue of January 09, 2004.

The yacht that formerly belonged to Nazi Hermann Goering is up for sale in Egypt.

German boat dealer Christopher Brunner-Schwer told Der Spiegel magazine that he hopes to make a fortune selling the boat, posted for sale by the American widow of an Egyptian oil agent.

“Arabs like the boat’s history,” he said, “and that is raising the price.” Anchored today in El Gouna, the Carin II was built in 1937 and reportedly was a favorite place for secret meetings involving top Nazis, including Heinrich Himmler, Martin Bormann and Adolf Hitler. Years after the war, it was purchased by former Stern magazine journalist Gerd Heidemann, who later became notorious as the middleman in the 1983 fake Hitler diaries scam.

Heidemann turned the boat into a floating shrine to the Nazis. After he was charged in the Hitler diary case, he was forced to sell the boat at auction in 1988, at which point it was purchased by Egyptian oil agent Mustafa Karim. According to Brunner-Schwer, wealthy Arabs have inquired about the boat.



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