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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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David Irving comments:

THIS is unusual rubbish.
   While I was writing Hitler's War, Dr Kagan, the chief U.S. State Department historian confidentially showed me the captured German files on Stalin's son -- which had been removed from the captured files at Alexandria Virginia, before microfilming to conceal the reasons why Jacob Dzhugashvili killed himself (the reasons were spelled out in the captured SS documents and did little credit to his British fellow prisoners).
   Further proof of his captivity will be found in the record of Hitler's Table Talk, where Hitler comments on the fact that proof was found in the son's possession that Stalin was planning to attack Germany (but Hitler got his attack, codenamed BARBAROSSA, in first.)
   There is no limit to people's gullibility.


Historian points out evidence Stalin's elder son was not in Nazi camps

MOSCOW, May 8 (Itar-Tass) - Russian and foreign archives, including the private archive of Stalin's family, contain tentative evidence to a version of life story of Stalin's elder son Jacob Dzhugashvili, which suggests that the man never was in Nazi captivity, claims the Russian Doctor of History Sergei Devyatov.

Under an official version, 2nd Lieutenant Dzhugashvili was taken prisoner in July 1941 near Vitebsk in Byelorussia and spent the next two years in Nazi concentration camps until his death in April 1943.

"On the basis of data found in Russian and foreign archives, I can say there're doubts that Jacob ever got into captivity," Dr Devyatov said.

He made his findings public for the first time at a recent roundtable conference on publication of documents on Russian history in the 20th century.

"An unbiased criminalistical testing, including graphological tests, indicates that, in most probability, the stories of him being taken captive were part of an active propaganda by Nazi Germany's secret services," Dr Devyatov said. "Unfortunately, we're still unable to get confirmations of this from foreign archives."

"There're about ten photos of Jacob in the camps, but experts of a research center reporting to the Russian Defense Industry have analyzed them and concluded these were products of highly expert photomontage," he went on saying. "Most probably, the Germans used some photos found on Jacob's body."

"When the collection of photos was exhausted, they made an error by producing a mirror-like image on one photo, where Jacob is shown in a uniform buttoned rightwards, which is how women button their clothes," Dr Devyatov said.

"One more noteworthy thing is that not a single camera recording of Jacob in captivity was ever found," he said. "But the biggest testimony to our version comes from expert analysis of the records he ostensibly kept while in the camps."

"Jacob's notes and his notebooks dating back to the period of his studies in a cadet school have been preserved intact," Dr Devyatov said. "In some places the handwriting in the camp diaries looks the similar or quite identical with them. Obviously, they were made by skillful imposters. But in other places it doesn't have any semblance to Jacob's /genuine/ handwriting."

"One more very strange thing was his placement to a camp for non-Soviet POWs. A search in foreign archives is underway now but the answers we get from there boil down to confirmations that Jacob was not kept in one or another camp and there's no definite data on him."

The opinions that Jacob Dzhugashvili's captivity might have been a mystification on the part of German secret services have been voiced on various occasions by some of his relatives. Quite recently, the same idea could be heard in the television serial Stalin Live but the response to it was generally skeptical.

Official historiography says Jacob Dzhugashvili fell prisoner on the frontline near Vitebsk in early July 1941 after his unit had gotten into encirclement. Radio Berlin reported the story July 16.

According to some sources, he was first placed to a camp near Hammelburg in Bavaria and moved to a camp for Polish POWs near Lubeck in spring 1942.

The official version also suggests that his refusal to join the anti-Soviet propaganda campaign after the Nazi troops' defeat near Stalingrad resulted in his transition to Sachsenhausen concentration camp 20 kilometers away from Berlin. He was taken there at a special order of the SS chief commander, Heinrich Himmler.

Historiographers also said the camp's guard shot and killed him in April 1943 when he threw himself on the barbed wire fence surrounding the territory in an attempt to escape.



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