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Galina Dzhugashvili
Russian translator

Galina Dzhugashvili

Galina Dzhugashvili
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Intro Russian translator
A.K.A. Galina Yakovlevna Dzhugashvili
Was Linguist Translator
From Russia
Field Literature Social science
Gender female
Birth 19 February 1938, Moscow, Russia
Death 27 August 2007, Moscow, Russia (aged 69 years)
Star sign Pisces
Mother: Yulia Meltzer
Father: Yakov Dzhugashvili
Siblings: Yevgeny Dzhugashvili
Children: Salim Bensaad
Philological Faculty of Moscow State University
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Galina Yakovlevna "Galya" Dzhugashvili (Russian: Галина Яковлевна Джугашвили; 19 February 1938 – 27 August 2007) was a Russian translator of French. She was the granddaughter of Joseph Stalin, the daughter of Stalin's elder son, Yakov Dzhugashvili. She consistently challenged widely accepted accounts of her father's internment and death at a Nazi prison camp.


Galina Dzhugashvili was born in Moscow. Her mother was Yulia Meltzer, a well-known Jewish dancer from Odessa. After meeting Yulia at a reception, Yakov fought with her second husband, an NKVD officer called Nikolai Bessarab, and arranged her divorce. Bessarab was later arrested by the NKVD and executed. Yakov became her third husband.

Yakov was a senior lieutenant in the Soviet artillery in the Second World War. 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 by a concentration camp guard, which were shown to Galina Dzhugashvili in 2003, but which she rejected, claiming that her father was never taken prisoner by the Germans, but rather was killed in battle in 1941. She continuously maintained that any photographs or letters indicating her father was at the prison camp were Nazi propaganda.

Galina Dzhugashvili 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. They had one son, Selim (b. 1970), who was born severely handicapped.

Dzhugashvili died from cancer at the Burdenko military hospital in Moscow, aged 69.

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