Stergios writes from Greece about the three partisans about to be executed in Minsk, October 1941
Three partisans being marched through the streets of Minsk to their execution by hanging. The girl is said to be seventeen-year old Masha Bruskina, and the date is October 26, 1941. The young man is Volodya Sherbateivich, the older one is Krill Trous [Full gallery of original photo negatives]
Holocaust Industry propaganda has grabbed partisan heroes
However, there are several hints that such an identification may be spurious and perhaps a later addition (not the hanging that took place, quite evidently).
If the girl was Jewish, why wasn't she rounded up but allowed to work at a military hospital? If she was underage how could she have been a nurse working at a military hospital? If she committed sabotage in the hospital as the website claims, what did it entail exactly?
It can hardly have been "auf deutsche Soldaten schiessen" inside the hospital. Sabotage in a military hospital would entail harming patients, but this would hardly evoke any sympathy at all. Malevolent nurses represent an archetypal scare.
So the tale is bought up of "helping Russian officers escape." The choice of "nurse" and "underage" also appears selected to evoke sympathy. Finally it appears that the city of Minsk itself has labeled her as "unknown"?
Perhaps the whole story requires more research into the identities, just to dispel another myth. This is admittedly one of the most forceful series of images available that have shaped the historical perspective of millions of people.
David Irving replies:
THIS is becoming more interesting than I expected. Later today I will post a full gallery of 62 photos from this collection of original negatives, and ask for help. Interestingly, some low-quality wartime prints of these negatives are already circulating. I have no axe to grind, my interest is purely in establishing real history, the facts (others have other interests, mostly connected with what Norman Finkelstein identifies as The Holocaust Industry).
Steve Cass is curious about a line in the latest Radical's Diary: Mr Irving's views on a picture of the execution of partisans