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Offline PAVLOV

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Von Meck family
« on: June 09, 2009, 02:43:20 PM »
I would like to know if any of the members of the Von Meck family survived the revolution, and if so what happened to them.
Madame Nadezdha Von Meck was Tchaikovsky's benefactress, and their huge family wealth was derived from building the Siberian railway. The family owned an estate in the Ukraine ( I cannot remember the name). Kamenka ? Tchaikovsky spent a lot of time on the estate, and composed many of his famous works in a house on the estate, far away from the confusion of the life he led in Moscow and St Petersburg. It was a safe haven for him.
Could 19th century Russia have been equal to the stress and anxiety we live in today ?

One wonders.
    
 

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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2009, 03:19:05 PM »
Galina Von Meck wrote her memoires in 1937, AS I REMEMBER THEM. It is a very interesting book and I think you can find it second hand. Her descendents, if I am not mistaken live in Leeds, UK. She also wrote the second part of her memoires, but it was never published. Amelia

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2009, 12:57:20 PM »
Galina von Mecks memoirs are fascinating and equally sad.

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 03:47:05 AM »
I just finished her book,but the story ends as she and her family are running away to "west"after the German army started to retrieve.
What happend to her after?Her life ind England and to her sister and all?
Its a great life story
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 12:10:53 PM »
I just finished her book,but the story ends as she and her family are running away to "west"after the German army started to retrieve.
What happend to her after?Her life ind England and to her sister and all?
Its a great life story
Thank you
From memory her mother Anna (the great composers neice) died in Bavaria before the wars end while Galina came to the Uk where she was reunited with her daughter and lived comfortably the remainder of her life dying in Hounslow in 1985. She translated much of her families correspondence with her maternal uncle.

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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 02:32:54 PM »
Thank you Ashdean
Her book is one of the best memoirs  .But since she never published the second part,it feels unfinished.For instance what happend to her sister Kira?And nephew Vassia and daughter of her niece Elena( I think she lived in Poland?) who she was taking care of and took them with here to Germany and to England.
I did read someplace about her translating the letters but thats it.
Thank you

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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2010, 06:04:48 AM »
Thank you Ashdean
Her book is one of the best memoirs  .But since she never published the second part,it feels unfinished.For instance what happend to her sister Kira?And nephew Vassia and daughter of her niece Elena( I think she lived in Poland?) who she was taking care of and took them with here to Germany and to England.
I did read someplace about her translating the letters but thats it.
Thank you
From memory..I think in her wonderful book there is a picture of her great niece as an adult...so obviously she brought her to the UK too.

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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2016, 04:42:17 PM »
Kira von Meck in 1905 married Aleksander Zapolski who was a manager at one of von Meck's estates. He comes from polish nobility. They had 5 children:

1906 Konstanty - died at the age of 16 (accidentally shot himself on while hunting)
1908 Anna - she died in 1995, had one son Andrei (professor of High Energy Physics at the Indiana University). His son Nick lives in US and has 2 children Max (born in 2004) and Anna (born in 2007)
1910 Kira - she was killed by the officers of the Red Army in 1944
1912 Irena - died during II World War form typhus - she was a nurse during the war
1928 Jadwiga

Jadwiga is a professor of linguistics, she lives in Warsaw. She has 3 children (Wojciech, Stanislaw, Joanna), 13 grandchildren and 2  great grandchildren. Still active. In 1949 she married prince Czeslaw Puzyna (the family coming from Ruryk). Below please find some info about Jadwiga. After II World War Kira lived with her youngest daughter Jadwiga. She lived with her family till her death in 1969. She is berried in a Puzyna's family grave on Powązki cemetery in Warsaw.

https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jadwiga_Puzynina

Family tree: http://www.sejm-wielki.pl/b/sw.7664


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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2016, 02:25:53 PM »
This family is mentioned in the book "Former People"

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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2016, 08:31:17 AM »
Galina von Meck wrote a second book. The manuscript is in The Brotherton Library in the University Of Leeds in UK.About 10 years ago I went to this Library to see the manuscript. It is heavily edited. However the kind people of the Library gave me the first chapter of the book, typed, and a brief synopsis of the other chapters. They told me that her descendants, who live in UK,  would be very pleased to have the book published, but nobody ever showed any interest in doing so.

If anyone wants copy of what I have, you have just to send me your address. I think this would be a very good book.

Eva McDonald
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2017, 01:01:42 PM »
Dear Eva,

Below is a copy of the message I sent you January 8th

I was interested by what you say about Galina von Meck's second book, of which you mention that you have the first chapter of the book, typed, and a brief synopsis of the other chapters. You kindly mention that you would be willing to send a copy of this to anyone who was interested. Please could you let me know if this would still be possible, and if so I will give you my postal address?

Perhaps you could reply to this via my email address - susannedell@talktalk.net

Many thanks,

Susi