The Murder of Rudolf Hess

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The Murder of Rudolf Hess

By W. Hugh Thomas
Harper, 1979
307 pp. $9.95

There has always been some mystery to Rudolf Hess's flight to Scotland in May 1941. A British consultant surgeon now claims that the present prisoner in Spandau, whom he has briefly examined, is not Hess-for he lacks the scars of chest wounds Hess suffered in 1917. In her introduction Rebecca West lends credence to the story of the missing wounds. Whose hoax?

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