Galina Yakovlevna Dzhugashvili

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Galina Yakovlevna Dzhugashvili

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Death 27 Aug 2007 (aged 69)
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial ID 112575686 · View Source
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She was a Russian translator of French. She was the granddaughter of Joseph Stalin, the daughter of Stalin's eldest son, Yakov Dzhugashvili. She consistently challenged widely-accepted accounts of her father's internment and death at a Nazi prison camp. Her mother was Yulia Meltzer, a well-known Jewish dancer from Odessa. After meeting Yulia at a reception, Yakov fought with her second husband, Nikolai Bessarab, and arranged her divorce. Bessarab was later arrested by the NKVD and executed. Yakov became her third husband. Historians have traditionally maintained that he was captured by the Germans in 1941 and died at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1943 after Stalin declined to exchange him for the captured German general Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus. Indeed, Stalin regarded Soviet PoWs as traitors, and had Yulia imprisoned in Lubyanka for two years. The United States Defense Department was in possession of documents which indicated that Yakov Dzhugashvili was shot trying to escape, which were shown to Galina Dzhugashvili in 2003. She studied philology at Moscow State University, and received a doctorate. She was a member of the Russian Writers Union, and worked all her life as a translator of French, mainly for the Gorky Institute of World Literature. She was married to Husein ben Saad, an Algerian mathematician living in exile in Moscow and employed by the United Nations, but kept her maiden name.


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  • Added: 19 Jun 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 112575686
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Galina Yakovlevna Dzhugashvili (19 Feb 1938–27 Aug 2007), Find a Grave Memorial no. 112575686, citing Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .