Amazon's D-Day bestseller "is a HOAX": Historians claim that the book "Through German Eyes" is an invention because no soldiers named therein can be tracked down and its author is nowhere to be seen
- The book by the author Holger Eckhertz is Amazon's fourth best-selling book from the Second World War
- Experts said there is no trace of German soldiers mentioned in the title
- His publisher is also not listed in the Companies House or in the German equivalent
- Another historian said, however, that the level of detail in the book was sufficient to convince him
D Day Through German Eyes pretends to give veteran interviews detailing the landings in Normandy
A best-selling D-Day book on Amazon has used fictitious reports from fictional soldiers, skeptical historians have claimed.
D Day Through German Eyes pretends to give unprecedented veteran interviews detailing the landings in Normandy.
The author Holger Eckhertz claims that the reports were collected in the 1950s by his grandfather, the journalist Dieter Eckhertz.
The book is number four among Amazon's ten best-selling titles in World War II.
But Giles Milton, author of D-Day: The Soldiers & # 39; Story, is one of three experts who said they didn't find the book convincing.
& # 39; There is no record of any of the soldiers in any other publication. If you use another soldier [in a search engine], you will find a trace of it somewhere, even in the Federal Archives, ”Milton told The Times.
Another skeptic told the newspaper that they were "open".
Neither Holger Eckhertz nor anyone with his last name is listed in telephone directories in Germany or Great Britain – which arouses the suspicion that the book is a joke.
The companies that he names as its publisher and translation service, DTZ History Publications and Rede Media, are not listed in the Companies House or in Germany's equivalents, the paper says.
Giles Milton, author of D-Day: The Soldiers & # 39; Story, is one of three experts who found the book to be unconvincing
German prisoners marched along the beach on June 6, 1944 during the Normandy landings
There are also no records of the book or a publication by Eckhertz in the German equivalent of the British Library – which suggests that the title is not a translation of a German book.
Robert Kershaw, who wrote the D-Day book Landing on the Edge of Eternity, said Eckhertz & # 39; work has enough accuracy to convince him.
"It would have taken a lot of effort to make up for it since the small parts I looked at are sufficiently accurate to justify the inclusion," he told The Times.