The Mystery of Olga Chekhova
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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, 1 map, ports.
  • 0141017643
  • 9780141017648
  • 93,112

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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 Statesmanshow more

About Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor is the author of Crete - The Battle and the Resistance (Runciman Prize), Stalingrad (Samuel Johnson Prize, Wolfson Prize for History and Hawthornden Prize for Literature), Berlin - The Downfall, The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia) and D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (RUSI Westminster Medal). His books have appeared in thirty languages and have sold more than seven million copies. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received four honorary doctorates and a fellowship from King's College London. He is a visiting professor at the University of Kent. He has received the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, and the Medlicott Medal for services to history. Ardennes was shortlisted for the Priz Medicis in France and he was made Commander of the Order of the Crown by the Belgian Government. Beevor was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for "services in support of Armed Forces Professional Development".show more

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A fascinating spy story , a delicious entertainment, a compelling investigation Simon Sebag-Montefiore Evening Standardshow more