Press: A Major Mea Culpa from Stern

Bitter staffers compel an editor's ouster and an unusual expose

The cover image was Stern at its low-down best: a man in a black gangster-style fedora aiming a gun out toward the reader. Inside the West German photoweekly was a pulse-quickening tale of intrigue: clandestine meetings of unrepentant Nazis, secret trips across a Communist border, bags of money tossed from one speeding car to another. What made Stern's investigation so notable, however, was that the magazine exposed its own management's gullibility in what it labeled "the biggest flop of German press history": the purchase,...

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