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Iranian PPress TV

Teheran, January 5, 2008

Big Three at TeheranUK, Russia depict 1943 Nazi plot

A UK-Russia documentary series is to portray the Nazi plan to assassinate the three leaders during their WWII Teheran meeting.

'The Lion and the Bear' for release in 2008, will portray Adolf Hitler's 'Long Jump Operation' to kill Joseph Stalin, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill during the Teheran summit of the allied leaders in 1943.

The planned attempt was foiled on the eve of meeting after Soviet Intelligence received a tip-off and ordered under cover agent Gevork Vartanian to prevent the assassination.

The film is a mix of documentary history, travelogue and personal accounts and will be presented by author, and Winston Churchill's granddaughter, Celia Sandys.


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In fact: Adolf Hitler secretly ordered that Germany was never to carry out assassinations:

IN an age in which the governments of the democracies, both during World War II and in later years, unhesitatingly attempted, engineered, or condoned the assassination of the inconvenient -- from General Sikorski, Admiral Darlan, Field Marshal Rommel, and King Boris to Fidel Castro, Patrice Lumumba, and Salvador Allende -- we learn that Hitler, the unscrupulous dictator, not only never resorted to the assassination of foreign opponents, but flatly forbade the Abwehr (Intelligence Agency) to attempt it (in particular he rejected Admiral Canaris's plans to assassinate the Red Army General Staff). -- David Irving, "Hitler's War" (1977)

NOR was this all, for it appears that there were deep-rooted objections to any German attempts at assassination: when for example the German Army General Staff had privately appealed to [Lieutenant-General Erwin] Lahousen's superior, Admiral Canaris, for a sabotage attack on the Russian military headquarters, Canaris had visited the German General Staff's headquarters and refused outright.
   "In this connection," Lahousen had recorded in his diary on February 2, 1943, "the Department Head [Canaris] has expressly forbidden Abwehr II [i.e., sabotage] attacks directed against individual personages, on principle." ...
   Nor was Canaris (right) the only one opposed to political assassinations as a device of war, for after German forensic experts had determined that the apparently natural death of King Boris of Bulgaria in August 1943 had in fact been caused by a poison, apparently of Soviet origin, Hitler took the opportunity in private of commenting that he had never understood why his enemies sought to fight with means like these, when he had never had an enemy statesman murdered in his life. Hitler, of course, had most to lose if a general war of assassination were to be encouraged against unpopular heads of state. -- David Irving, Accident, The Death of General Sikorski (London, 1967)


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