The Mystery Of Olga Chekhova by Antony Beevor
Was Hitler's Favorite Actress a Russian Spy?

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In his latest work, Antony Beevor—bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945 and one of our most respected historians of World War II—brings us the true, little-known story of a family torn apart by revolution and war. Olga Chekhova, a stunning Russian beauty, was the niece of playwright Anton Chekhov and a famous Nazi-era film actress who was closely associated with Hitler. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev to become a Soviet spy—a career she spent her entire postwar life denying. The riveting story of how Olga and her family survived the Russian Revolution, the rise of Hitler, the Stalinist Terror, and the Second World War becomes, in Beevor’s hands, a breathtaking tale of survival in a merciless age.


 

About Antony Beevor

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ANTONY BEEVOR is the bestselling author of five nonfiction books, including The Battle for Spain, Paris After the Liberation: 1944–1949, Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and The Fall of Berlin 1945, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustee's Award.
 
Published August 30, 2005 by Penguin Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The author knows his way around the relevant archives and had access to knowledgeable folks (he interviewed one of Olga ’s Nazi lovers), but he concludes that none of this material can provide an entire answer to the question of what services Olga might have given to the Soviets.

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So after the playwright Anton's marriage to the actress Olga, the playwright's nephew Mikhail (aka Misha, later Michael, a noted actor, director and Stanislavski disciple) marries and later divorces the actress Olga's niece (also an actress and also called Olga), whose thrice-married brother Lev ...

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Recruited by her brother, Lev, a Soviet composer, Chekhova became a friend and confidante to men like Goebbels, while serving Stalin by gauging Germany's interest in war against Russia.

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