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The Mystery of Olga Chekhova : The True Story of a Family Torn Apart by Revolution and War - Antony Beevor

The Mystery of Olga Chekhova

The True Story of a Family Torn Apart by Revolution and War

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Olga Chekhova was the niece of playwright Anton Chekhov and a stunning Russian beauty. She was also a famous Nazi-era film actress, closely associated with Adolf Hitler. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev to work for Soviet intelligence. In return, her family were allowed to join her. Several of them were trapped in Berlin as the Red Army approached in 1945. As Olga had appeared in photographs with Hitler his entourage, the rest of her family in Moscow were waiting to be arrested by the NKVD secret police. Based largely on new material, Antony Beevor has pieced together a breathtaking story of a family surviving through the Russian Revolution, the Civil War, the rise of Hitler and Stalin, and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. It's an extraordinary story from extraordinary times.

A fascinating spy story, a delicious entertainment, a compelling investigation -- Simon Sebag-Montefiore Evening Standard An extraordinary drama of exile and espionage -- Boyd Tonkin Independent Compelling ... as engaging a read as Stalingrad and Berlin -- David Edgar Guardian Beevor uses the story to evoke a world - the vague ideological borderlands of Nazism and Communism -- Felipe Fernandez-Armesto The Times Fascinating. An intricate, gracefully told and often moving social history of a talented family in times of revolution, civil war, dictatorship and world conflict -- Rachel Polonsky New Statesman Antony Beevor, one of the finest narrative military historians now writing, is a master of revealing vignettes -- Eliot A. Cohen New York Times A true story that is dramatic, evocative, and well worth unearthing Observer

Antony Beevor

Antony James Beevor, FRSL (born 14 December 1946) is a British historian, educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst. He studied under the famous military historian John Keegan. Beevor is a former officer with the 11th Hussars who served in England and Germany for five years before resigning his commission. He has published several popular histories on World War II and the 20th century in general. Antony holds an Honorary DLitt from the University of Bath, awarded in 2010, and a honorary doctorate from the University of Kent, awarded in 2004. He is also a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

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ISBN: 9780141017648
ISBN-10: 0141017643
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 5th May 2005
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1