On May 8, 1945, the Nazis capitulated. Hitler committed suicide a week earlier in the Berlin bunker. Allied forces celebrated victory. That is an official version. In reality, Stalin ordered his services to investigate Führer's death and find his body on May 1st. Did he look for it for additional security or he just wanted a war trophy and a proof that his country had bested Hitler?
After two years of exhausting negotiations with the Russian authorities, Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina gained access to confidential records of the incredible search for Hitler's body launched by Soviet spies, and the testimonies of witnesses who spent the last days with Führer. But above all, one thing is of utmost importance: Moscow allowed access to his remains, a piece of skull with a bullet hole and jaw. For the first time since World War II, these bones were allowed to perform scientific examinations on. The Kremlin claims they belong to Hitler. But do they really?
Brisard's and Parshina's investigation includes new exclusive photographic evidence and exhaustive research, but also shows the absurd struggle between Soviet, British and US intelligence agencies. With breathtaking precision and pervasiveness, the authors penetrate one of the most powerful and most controversial secret services on earth to illuminate Hitler's last days in the bunker - and resolve the most famous „cold case“ in history.
Hitler's death is an extraordinary book from a historical point of view, but fascinating with his structure reminding of a tense crimie novel, as he shows us the difficulties that journalists are still encountering in investigating this phenomenon. The fascinating investigation of Brisard and Parshina, quite similar to a spy novel, finally closes the question of Führer's death.
Jean-Christophe Brisard is a reporter and director of documentary films that mainly concern dictatorships. He is the author of several literary works, including the book Enfants de dictateurs (Children of dictators, 2014), written in collaboration with Claude Quimit.
Lana Parshina is an independent journalist and documentary film director. She is based in Russia and the United States.
- Cover: paperback
- Year of the edition: 2019
- Original title: La mort d'Hitler dans les dossiers secrets du KGB
- Original language: French
- Translation: Dubravka Celebrini