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 gravesa 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 novelBrisard 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 hoursand solve the most notorious cold case in history.
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About the Author
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
Photo Addendum 313
Notes on the Archives 319