The Death of Hitler
The final word on the ultimate cold case: the search for Hitler’s Body
By Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina
Published by Hodder & Stoughton; Dist. by Hachette Aust
RRP $35.00 in paperback • ISBN 9781473686533
After two years of nonstop negotiations with the Russian authorities, investigative journalists Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina were granted access to secret files in the Russian archives detailing Hitler’s bunker, his plans for escape, eyewitness accounts of his final days and his fragmentary remains.
Among the items they viewed was a remarkably modest computer disk box holding the last fragments of a skull purported to be the remains of Hitler. While denied the opportunity to forensically examine the skull, a French pathologist Philippe Charlier was permitted to examine the teeth.
His results, published in a peer reviewed journal, were conclusive, confirming the remains in the Russian archive were that of Hitler. This book is a classic tale of detection which in its conclusions put to rest the conspiracy theories that Hitler had survived and fled to South America.
But it does more than simply confirm what many have long suspected. The investigation exposed the Soviets’ desire to control the narrative of Hitler’s death, just as they controlled that part of Berlin where it occurred, and their ongoing desire to manipulate the truth.