Cornelius Rost (born March 27, 1919 in Kufstein ; † October 18, 1983 in Munich ) was a German soldier in World War II , who became known under his alias Clemens Forell, under whom he allegedly escaped from a Siberian prisoner of war camp and in an adventurous way 14,000 km marched through the Soviet Union and the Far East .
In three broadcasts on Bayerischer Rundfunk on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2010, the journalist Arthur Dittlmann came to the conclusion after many years of research that Rost's descriptions, apart from further improbabilities of a factual nature, cannot correspond to the truth; so he was neither an officer nor returned home in 1952, but in 1947.
Rost's alleged story was written down in 1955 by the Bavarian novelist Josef Martin Bauer after an eight-hour tape interview under the title As Far as Your Feet Wore and published as a novel. Four years later, the novel was produced for the first time for television in the form of a six-part television film - with character actor Heinz Weiss in the leading role and also under the title As Far as My Feet Wore (1959) . This multi-part car was one of the first street sweepers in the early Federal Republic.
Years later, the material was again implemented on film under the title of the same name As far as feet carry (2001) , but with a significantly different plot.
- Dierk Strothmann: The Odyssey of Clemens F. Kölnische Rundschau , January 27, 2009, archived from the original on September 29, 2011 ; accessed on December 15, 2016 .
- S. Fischer: False post-war memories - yesterday's snow. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , March 23, 2010, accessed on May 10, 2020.
- The Incredible Escape of a Prisoner of War . ORF Tirol , April 2, 2010, accessed on December 15, 2016 (short bio with a small picture of his tombstone with legible life data).
- Arthur Dittlmann: “As far as your feet can carry.” A global success - poetry and truth. BR-online , archived from the original on October 20, 2010 ; accessed on December 15, 2016 (information about the broadcast on Bayern 2 ).
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German soldier|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 27, 1919|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Kufstein , Tyrol , Austria|
|DATE OF DEATH||October 18, 1983|
|Place of death||Munich , Germany|