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In August 1914 Russia entered the First World War and with it the Imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II was thrust into a conflict from which they would not emerge His eldest child Olga Nikolaevna great granddaughter of ueen Victoria had begun a diary in 1905 when she was 10 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 their own infi. The five stars are really for the execution of the book as opposed to the actual content of Olga s diaries and letters Azar provides a vivid translation of the girl s diary entries that gives you a strong sense as to how Olga actually expressed herself peppering them and her letters with mild and occasionally funny slang It also conveys a better idea of how close Tatiana and Olga were as a pair as opposed to the usual OTMA assemblage and incidentally is there evidence that the four girls actually referred to themselves with this acronym Azar rounds out the translations with letters and descriptions from those who knew Olga Nicholas II by no means least as well as fluent accounts of Olga s childhood and intra familial relationships There are notes providing details concerning most of

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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 observations by Alexander Kerensky head of the Provisional Government are provided 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 a basement of a house in the Urals and shot to death in July 1918The Diary of Olga Romanov RoyalWitness 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 represente. This diary and some letters of a member of the Russian imperial family is well edited and annotated and the introduction is excellent I commend Azar for curating the material so well and I m glad it s been translated into English for the first time This slim book will add to the sum of scholarly research on imperial RussiaI found some of the excerpts of letters uite intriguing when the subject matter was the events around the country or serious conversations with wounded soldiers or concerns for the health of the son and heir or a visit from close family friend Rasputin all these entries were interesting in themselves and were also tinged with the foreknowledge of how it would end Far too much of the diary I thought had all the interest of reading a log file a bare recording of the gu

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Rmaries 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 increases in seriousness 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. A slice of life of the Russian court told from the perspective of Tzar Nicholas s oldest daughter Olga Sometimes giddy at other times grounded in the stark realities of the first world war it is a firsthand account in the form of a diary that outlines her day to day life and the impact of her changing world Sweetly innocent and charmingly devoted to her family it s an insider s look into the everyday details filled with Olga s warmth Seemingly unaffected by her title yet understanding her vital role in the royal family it was a pleasure to read Too often Alexander s two youngest children Alexsie and Anastasia steal the show This book gave illumination to the personality of a budding young woman born into a changing world and then destroyed because of it


10 thoughts on “The Diary of Olga Romanov

  1. says:

    The five stars are really for the execution of the book as opposed to the actual content of Olga's diaries and letters Azar provides a vivid translation of the girl's diary entries that gives you a strong sense as to how Olga actually expressed herself peppering them and her letters with mild and occasionally funny slang It also conveys a

  2. says:

    Had tea Had lunch Like a very bad twitter feed from the last days of the Russian Court

  3. says:

    35 Stars

  4. says:

    As this was the first of the diaries of the Imperial Daughters to be translated into English and published I really looked forward to reading it However I was greatly disappointed in the book as a whole The essays at the beginning about Olga’s childhood and the discovery of the Romanov remains were actually the best most coherent portions of the book Even then the writing seems Young Adult in tone and style then being geared f

  5. says:

    A slice of life of the Russian court told from the perspective of Tzar Nicholas's oldest daughter Olga Sometimes giddy at other times grounded in the stark realities of the first world war it is a firsthand account in the form of a diary that outlines her day to day life and the impact of her changing world Sweetly innocent and charmingly devoted to her family it's an insider's look into the everyday details filled with Olga's warmth Seemi

  6. says:

    Probably not the best book to start with if you want to learn about the Romanovs but for those with an interest in the family it provides valuable background Yes the diary entries are simple and repetitive but display a genuine love for her father and family and give an idea of what life was like for the Russian Royal family

  7. says:

    Finished it on her 124th birthday which I was hoping to do A teeeny bit misleading as Olga stopped writing in 1917 but the supplementary mater

  8. says:

    This diary and some letters of a member of the Russian imperial family is well edited and annotated and the introduction is excellent I commend Azar for curating the material so well and I'm glad it's been trans

  9. says:

    I enjoyed reading this account of the Russian Revolution from the eyes of an innocent caught in the middle The Grand DuchessOlga Nicholavena Romanov oldest daughter of Nicholas II the last tsar of Russia is shown to be a strong caring yet naive She knows nothing out side of her fishbowl life She knows only of living in palaces and castles s

  10. says:

    Author Helen Azar is a librarian in Philadelphia who has worked at the Rare Book Foundation at the Museum of Tsarskoe Selo in Russia She has compiled a translation of diary entries of Olga Romanov the eldest daughter of Nicholas II The translations encompass the years 1914 1918 Although Olga’s entries stop in March of 1917 entries from oth