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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141017648
ISBN-10: 0141017643
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 5-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, where he studied under John Keegan. A regular officer with the 11th Hussars, he left the Army to write. He has published four novels, and ten books of non-fiction. His work has appeared in more than thirty foreign editions and sold more more than six million copies. His books include The Spanish Civil War; Inside the British Army; Crete — The Battle and the Resistance, which was awarded a Runciman Prize, and Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (written with his wife Artemis Cooper). He has also contributed to several books including The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century, edited by Hew Strachan and to Russia – War, Peace & Diplomacy in honour of the late John Erickson.

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