The Mystery of Olga Chekhova : The true story of a family torn apart by revolution and war
This book, based largely on new material, is a spin off from Berlin: The Downfall 1945. Antony Beevor has put together from many sources a fascinating account of a Russo-German family. Several members are trapped in Hitler's Berlin as the Red Army fights its way in at the end of April 1945. The rest of their relatives in Moscow are half-expecting to be arrested by the NKVD secret police at any moment because their niece appeared in photographs with Hitler and members of his entourage. It is an extraordinary story from extraordinary times.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 144 x 218 x 34mm | 498.95g
- 06 May 2004
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Compelling . . . as engaging a read as Stalingrad and Berlin * Guardian * 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 * 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 * Beevor uses the story to evoke a world - the vague ideological borderlands of Nazism and Communism -- Felipe Fernandez-Armesto * The Times *
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), Berlin: The Downfall, The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia), D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (Prix Henry Malherbe and the RUSI Westminster Medal), The Second World War, and Ardennes 1944 (Prix Medicis shortlist). The number one bestselling historian in Britain, Beevor's books have appeared in thirty-two languages and have sold just over seven million copies. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received a number of honorary doctorates. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Kent and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, London. He was knighted in 2017.