The Mystery of Olga Chekhova

The Mystery of Olga Chekhova

Book - 2004
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This is the extraordinary tale of how one family survived the Russian Revolution, the civil war, the rise of Hitler, the Stalinist Terror and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Anton Chekhov. She left Russia for Germany and became a film star honoured by the Nazis yet secretly worked for Soviet intelligence. Some of her closest relatives joined her in Berlin; the rest remained in Moscow. Olga Chekhova left Moscow in 1920 to escape starvation and degradation. In Berlin, by making the most of her Chekhov name, she obtained a part in a silent movie. Success followed quickly and she eventually became Hitler's favourite film star. Army during the civil war. When he returned to Russia in 1921, he was forced to work for Soviet intelligence. His controllers sent him abroad to spy on Russian emigres and in Germany Lev recruited his sister as a 'sleeper'. Later, at the height of the war, plans were made for the two of them to launch a suicidal attack right at the heart of the Nazi regime. people lived under the terrible pressures of a totalitarian age. It reveals a confusion of courage, idealism, fear, self-sacrifice, opportunism and betrayal. The astonishing part of this epic tale is that both Olga and Lev survived the most murderous era known in history. What they had to do to stay alive may have left deep but hidden scars. fully to light for the first time the true story of how a beautiful Russian woman, found herself, a 'State Actress' of the Third Reich - photographed at the side of the Fuhrer at official receptions. namesake of Anton Chekhov's widow, the revered actress Olga Knipper Chekhova. After a disasterous marriage, left as a single mother on the eve of the civil war, Olga Chekhova embarked on a career as an actress. In 1921, she left Moscow to pursue work in Berlin, then the centre of the film industry. Officer, fighting the Bolsheviks. His subsequent rapid rehabilitation and integration into the elite of the communist regime, at a time when he would surely have been named 'an enemy of the people', points to his role as a valued Soviet secret agent.
Publisher: London ; New York : Viking, 2004
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670915200
Branch Call Number: 921 TSC
Characteristics: xvi, 300 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm


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