Huf studied German studies, history and politics in Munich, Germany and Bordeaux in France. Since 1984 he's an employee of the public-service German television channel ZDF. Since 1987 he's part of the editorial staff from the ZDF-editorial Geschichte und Gesellschaft (history and society) and Kultur und Gesellschaft (culture and society). He produced many historical television programmes and wrote tie-in books to it. A few of these books were translated into forty languages.