Stalingrad, Soviet Union
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König is mentioned both in Zaytsev's memoirs Notes of a Sniper (a ‘Major Konings’, potentially SS) and William Craig's 1973 non-fiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad. He was portrayed by Ed Harris in the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates.
The alleged duel between Zaytsev and König took place over a period of three days in the ruins of Stalingrad.
In a post-war visit to Berlin, Zaytsev was allegedly confronted by a woman who told him she was König's daughter, with Soviet authorities quickly evacuating Zaytsev to avoid any confrontation.
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- Craig, William. Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad. Reader's Digest Press. p. 457. ISBN 0141390174. OCLC 613817.
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