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The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution

By Helen Azar

The First English Translation of the Wartime Diaries of the Eldest Daughter of Nicholas II, the final Tsar of Russia, with extra files of the Period

In August 1914, Russia entered global struggle I, and with it, the imperial relations of Tsar Nicholas II was once thrust right into a clash they wouldn't live to tell the tale. His eldest baby, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had began a diary in 1905 whilst she was once ten years previous and stored writing her techniques and impressions of daily lifestyles as a grand duchess until eventually by surprise finishing her entries while her father abdicated his throne in March 1917. Held on the nation data of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Olga’s diaries throughout the wartime interval have by no means been translated into English till this quantity. on the outset of the battle, Olga and her sister Tatiana labored as nurses in an army health center besides their mom, Tsarina Alexandra. Olga’s more youthful sisters, Maria and Anastasia, visited the infirmaries to aid increase the morale of the wounded and unwell squaddies. the tension was once certainly nice, as Olga documents her impressions of tending to the officials who have been injured and maimed within the scuffling with at the Russian entrance. issues approximately her sickly brother, Aleksei, abound, to boot these for her father, who's obvious trying to deal with the continued struggle. Gregori Rasputin seems in entries, too, in an affectionate demeanour as one may anticipate of a relatives pal. whereas the diaries replicate the pursuits of a tender girl, her tone grows more and more severe because the Russian military suffers setbacks, Rasputin is eventually murdered, and a favored flow opposed to her kinfolk starts off to develop. on the element Olga ends her writing in 1917, the writer maintains the tale by way of translating letters and impressions from relations intimates, corresponding to Anna Vyrubova, in addition to the diary stored via Nicholas II himself. ultimately, as soon as the imperial kinfolk has been placed below condo arrest through the revolutionaries, we stick with occasions via observations via Alexander Kerensky, head of the preliminary Provisional govt, those too in English translation for the 1st time. Olga would provide no additional own writings, as she and the remainder of her family members have been crowded into the basement of a home within the Urals and shot to loss of life in July 1918.
The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution, translated and brought by way of scientist and librarian Helen Azar, and supplemented with extra basic resource fabric, is a striking rfile of a tender lady who didn't decide to join a royal family members and not exploited her personal place, yet misplaced her lifestyles just because of what her relatives represented.

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Observed okay. via a keyhole. [He] was once hiding somewhere…. Monday. ninth February. Prince Yusupov had breakfast. He [just] lower back from in another country. throughout the day rode with Mama and [we] have been forever photographed on the Grand Palace. After tea, rode with Isa. four Nice—wet snow… Tuesday. tenth February. At three o'clock went to Pavlovsk with Mama, Uncle Kostya [KR] is especially sick. Sat with Tatiana,5 later the kids got here over—Elena6 used to be now not there…. Saturday. twenty first February. At nine half went to Znamenie with Mama…Anya is best, thank God.

Now the tea desk was once introduced in, and Galkin is fixedly shoving Anya's wheelchair lower than the desk. Papa darling, i feel approximately you rather a lot in the course of those apprehensive days. God prepared, every thing will quickly move and issues turns into “more lighthearted,” as Grigori consistently says. Oh yeah! We four, Isa, Kira and Vilchkovsky went to Kolpin the day gone by. it's a lot hotter there than right here, and very attractive close to the river. We went to 6 infirmaries and a church the place a twin of Nikolai Chudotvorets [Miracle employee, one in all Russia's major saints] is.

Took an extended stroll within the morning. Had breakfast, comparable as the previous day within the kid's eating room. throughout the day labored within the related spot. A rainstorm handed within the distance, there have been a number of drops of rain. thankfully it obtained cooler. At 6 0.5 went to vsenoshnaya. within the night, round eleven o'cl. we heard a shot from the backyard, after 1/4 hour the executive defend requested [permission] to come back in and defined protect did shoot, simply because he notion that he observed a crimson gentle sign from one of many kid's bed room home windows.

Alya sang, and it was once relatively comfortable. Isa eventually left and that i should be finishing. may perhaps God maintain you, Papa, my jewel. I kiss you very very affectionately and love you. Your dependable Elisavetgradetz. Regards to Nikolai Pavlovich. inform him that he's a pig, simply because he didn't even write as soon as. i began two times however it did not pop out and tore it up. 25 June. My golden Papa! did not get the opportunity to write down you with state-of-the-art feld-yeger,24 in view that there has been no time. We went to the Grand palace infirmary this present day with Aleksei, and it used to be amazingly dull and lame, as we and the sisters stood by way of one tree, and the sufferers via one other, and will now not half for a very long time.

May possibly the Lord be with you. I kiss you very very affectionately and please ship regards to Nikolai Pavlovich. How is he? Your unswerving Elisavetgradetz. 26 October. My golden Papa! i believe so badly that i didn't write to you the previous day, yet I had completely no loose time. The church consecration went good. It was once very popular and the entire kinfolk have been there. Uncle Kostya together with his spouse Elena, Kostya, Igor and Georgiy, the outdated Aunt Olga and Uncle Pavel,40 and them all have been status with us within the little room close to the altar.

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