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Erich Kern

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Erich Kern, (born Erich Knud Kernmayr on 27 February 1906 – died 13 September 1991) was a far-right Austrian journalist, war-time propagandist, and a post-war Nazi activist. He became a writer of revisionist books that sought to glorify the activities of the German soldiers during the Second World War. Early years Kernmayer was born in Graz. As a youth he was briefly affiliated to the youth wing of the Social Democratic Party of Austria, before moving to the right, initially with the radical Sturmvolk movement before joining the Austrian Nazi Party. As the party was illegal he was imprisoned for a while in 1934. His first experience as a journalist came on the Essener National-Zeitung, a local newspaper owned by Hermann Göring. He subsequently served as press-chief to Gauleiter Josef Bürckel, effectively controlling the press in both Ostmark and Saarland. By 1940 he was the chief of the Pressestelle of Gauleiters.
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