... And here is an irate letter
addressed personally to U.S. Senator Jackson, one of the most active
proponents of aggressive propaganda and war hysteria. It was received from
the village of Falenki in Kirov region. Listen.
... Much in his
biography was still unclear. Until the fourth trial, Marchenko's
birthplace was located in the village of Novo-Soloshino, in Orekhovo
District of Zaporozhie Region. And finally at the last trial, the sunny
country of Spain appeared in his statements:
"I would like to be precise, that I was born in the province of Valencia, in Spain. At the age of seven months, in the summer of 1936, I was brought to the USSR on the Steamship Chicherin with a group of Spanish children and later was adopted by Grigory Konstantinovich Marchenko. Since that time I have lived with my family in Leningrad, where I grew up, studied, and worked. Earlier, at the investigation and in court, I said that I was born in Zaporozhie Region because I didn't want to raise any questions, and this fact had no significance for the case."
The investigation took account of this statement and sent an inquiry to Zaporozhie Region, in order to verify that Marchenko actually was not born there and never lived there.
A copy of the answer from the Executive Committee from the Orekhovo District Soviet of People's Deputies read as follows: "Grigory Konstantinovich Marchenko and Viktor Grigorievich Marchenko in fact were born in Orekhovo District."
When Marchenko was presented with these proofs of his place of birth he admitted: "Yes, I was born in Zaporozhie Region, where I lived with my parents until 1944."
Again and again I go through the sad pages of the two volume case file. And I do not believe, do not want to believe my eyes. I recall the Victory Day, the movie cameras and microphones, and the photograph of the emaciated seven-year-old prisoner...
So was there no Auschwitz? Was there neither Spain nor orphanage nor blockaded Leningrad? This is the terrifying suspicion engendered by these pages.
Meticulous research revealed for certain that neither Viktor Marchenko nor his mother ever were in Auschwitz.
Just as the money he made was counterfeit so his whole biography was counterfeit with the province of Valencia and his dead Spanish communist parents, and the sufferings and deprivations that he purported in the concentration camp also were false.