The Death of Hitler: The Final Word

The Death of Hitler: The Final Word

by Jean-Christophe Brisard, Lana Parshina


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On April 30, 1945, Hitler committed suicide in his bunker as the Red Army closed in on Berlin. Within four days the Soviets had recovered his body. But the truth about what the Russian secret services found was hidden from history, when, three months later, Stalin officially declared to Truman and Churchill that Hitler was still alive and had escaped abroad. Reckless rumors about what really happened to Hitler began to spread like wildfire and, even today, they have not been put to rest. Until now.

In 2017, after two years of painstaking negotiations with the Russian authorities, award-winning investigative journalists Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina gained access to confidential Soviet files that finally revealed the truth behind the incredible hunt for Hitler's body.

Their investigation includes new eyewitness accounts of Hitler's final days, exclusive photographic evidence and interrogation records, and exhaustive research into the power struggle that ensued between Soviet, British, and American intelligence services. And for the first time since the end of World War II, official, cutting-edge forensic tests have been completed on the human remains recovered from the bunker graves—a piece of skull with traces of a lethal bullet, a fragment of bone, and teeth.

In The Death of Hitler — written as thrillingly as any spy novel—Brisard and Parshina debunk all previous conspiracy theories about the death of the Fuhrer. With breathtaking precision and immediacy they penetrate one of the most powerful and controversial secret services to take readers inside Hitler's bunker in its last hours—and solve the most notorious cold case in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306922589
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 630,223
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Journalist and reporter Jean-Christophe Brisard has made a number of documentaries on geo-political subjects and dictatorships. He is the author of several books, including Enfants de dictateurs (Children of Dictators).

Lana Parshina is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was born in Moscow and produces and directs films for television and cinema. Her credits include a documentary on Stalin's daughter in 2008 and The Singer Who Fell in 2015.

Table of Contents

Part I The Investigation (I)

Moscow, 6 April 2016 3

Berlin, May 1945 13

Moscow October 2016 24

Paris, October-November 2016 39

Part II The Last Days of Hitler

19 April: "Where are the Russians? Is the front holding? What's the Führer doing? When is he leaving Berlin?" 53

20 April: "Führer's birthday. Sadly no one is in the mood for a party." 59

21 April: "This is the final act." 65

22 April: "The war is lost." 68

23 April: "I know Göring is rotten." 72

24 April: "Soldiers, wounded men, all of you to arms!" 75

25 April: "Poor, poor Adolf Abandoned by everyone, betrayed by everyone!" 79

26 April: "Stay alive, my Führer, it's the will of every German!" 81

27 April: "Eva, you must leave the Führer …" 87

28 April: "Himmler's Opening Gambit To End European War" 90

29 April: "In the presence of witnesses, I ask you, my Führer Adolf Hitler, if you wish to join Frau Eva Braun in matrimony?" 93

30 April: "Where are your planes?" 108

1 May: "Hitler is dead. He fought to his last breath for Germany against Bolshevism." 113

2 May: "Hitler has escaped!" 118

Part III The Investigation (II)

Moscow, December 2016 121

Lubyanka, Moscow, December 2016 132

Berlin, 2 May 1945 149

Moscow, March 2017 164

Moscow, May 1945 186

Russian State Military Archives, Moscow, March 2017 200

Part IV Conclusions?

Moscow, March 2017 223

Berlin, 30 May 1946 248

Summer 2017 265

Paris, September 2017 284

Epilogue 309

Photo Addendum 313

Notes on the Archives 319

Acknowledgements 323

Index 325

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