The Diary of Olga Romanov

The Diary of Olga Romanov

Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution : With Excerpts From Family Letters and Memoirs of the Period

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The First English Translation of the Wartime Diaries of the Eldest Daughter of Nicholas II, the Last Tsar of Russia, with Additional Documents of the Period
In August 1914, Russia entered World War I, and with it, the imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II was thrust into a conflict they would not survive. His eldest child, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had begun a diary in 1905 when she was ten years old and kept writing her thoughts and impressions of day-to-day life as a grand duchess until abruptly ending her entries when her father abdicated his throne in March 1917. Held at the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Olga’s diaries during the wartime period have never been translated into English until this volume. At the outset of the war, Olga and her sister Tatiana worked as nurses in a military hospital along with their mother, Tsarina Alexandra. Olga’s younger sisters, Maria and Anastasia, visited the infirmaries to help raise the morale of the wounded and sick soldiers. The strain was indeed great, as Olga records her impressions of tending to the officers who had been injured and maimed in the fighting on the Russian front. Concerns about her sickly brother, Aleksei, abound, as well those for her father, who is seen attempting to manage the ongoing war. Gregori Rasputin appears in entries, too, in an affectionate manner as one would expect of a family friend. While the diaries reflect the interests of a young woman, her tone grows increasingly serious as the Russian army suffers setbacks, Rasputin is ultimately murdered, and a popular movement against her family begins to grow. At the point Olga ends her writing in 1917, the author continues the story by translating letters and impressions from family intimates, such as Anna Vyrubova, as well as the diary kept by Nicholas II himself. Finally, once the imperial family has been put under house arrest by the revolutionaries, we follow events through observations by Alexander Kerensky, head of the initial Provisional Government, these too in English translation for the first time. Olga would offer no further personal writings, as she and the rest of her family were crowded into the basement of a house in the Urals and shot to death in July 1918.
The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution, translated and introduced by scientist and librarian Helen Azar, and supplemented with additional primary source material, is a remarkable document of a young woman who did not choose to be part of a royal family and never exploited her own position, but lost her life simply because of what her family represented.

The First English Translation of the Wartime Diaries of the Eldest Daughter of Nicholas II, the Last Tsar of Russia, with Additional Documents of the Period
In August 1914, Russia entered World War I, and with it, the imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II was thrust into a conflict they would not survive. His eldest child, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had begun a diary in 1905 when she was ten years old and kept writing her thoughts and impressions of day-to-day life as a grand duchess until abruptly ending her entries when her father abdicated his throne in March 1917. Held at the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Olga’s diaries during the wartime period have never been translated into English until this volume. At the point Olga ends her writing in 1917, the author continues the story by translating letters and impressions from family intimates, such as Anna Vyrubova, as well as the diary kept by Nicholas II himself. Finally, once the imperial family has been put under house arrest by the revolutionaries, we follow events through observations by Alexander Kerensky, head of the initial Provisional Government, these too in English translation for the first time. The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution is a remarkable document of a young woman who did not choose to be part of a royal family and never exploited her own position, but lost her life simply because of what her family represented.


Baker & Taylor
The wartime diaries of Nicholas II's eldest daughter chronicle the duchess's life from 1905 until her father's abdication of the throne in 1917, in a work supplemented by excerpts from her father's diary and the memoirs of family friends.

Gardners
Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution.

Publisher: Yardley, Pennsylvania :, Westholme,, 2014
Description: xxxii, 180 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781594161773
1594161771
Branch Call Number: 947.083092 Olg
Additional Contributors: Azar, Helen

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Jun 05, 2017

Unfortunately, Olga does not write about her own feelings in her diary entries for the year 1914 -1917. Entries are filled with what she did during the day - mostly teas, going to church, visiting, illness in the family, and her work as a nurse in the nearby hospitable during the war. There is no expression of shock at Rasputin's death, his manner of death, and the people who carried it out - she knew them. Diary entries stop at the abdication of her father, but the author then continues to describe the following year in Alexander Park, in Tobolsk, and the last months in Ekaterina through brief diary entries from Kerensky, the Tsar, and the empresses closest friend, Anna V. Includes a bibliography and a useful website for more first hand accounts from those close to the royal family of that fateful time. Diary entries are short so can read them quickly. Footnotes explain who the people are who are mentioned in the entries. Their dates of death are included in the footnote so interesting also from that point of view as to the fate of the Tsar's relatives. Probably a book more for those who are interested in the Tsar's family's personal details which are not often included in books about Russia in WWI and the revolution.

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