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From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920 by An Englishwoman??
« on: March 11, 2015, 11:26:42 AM »
Hi! I have run across this book (and a few references to it) on GoogleBooks. It is called "From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920". The author is just listed as "an Englishwoman". Events seem to be all from the Moscow area with Smolensk. Does anybody know if it was ever discovered who was writing this book? Here's the link to the book:

https://books.google.com/books?id=StNBAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR1&lpg=PR1&dq=%22From+a+Russian+Diary,+1917-1920%22&source=bl&ots=UbbBv-ODZP&sig=NsH5FTtjNabxQr0dvPSX3N9tm5k&hl=en&sa=X&ei=H2sAVa3FLYGeyATk3oCQAw&ved=0CDYQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22From%20a%20Russian%20Diary%2C%201917-1920%22&f=false

Also, anyone know which "Prince Scherbatoff" is referred to here on page 173:
Last night we heard of three big burglaries which had taken place the previous night. In two cases a haul of 500,000 roubles was made, in the third 1,500,000. The last was in the big house of Prince Scherbatoff, on the boulevard, which is being used by the Bolsheviks as one of their centres. The Red Guard consisted of over thirty soldiers; the robbers numbered fifteen. They said to the Red Guard: We need the money so as to get all of you hanged
later on!


Thanks!
Sarah

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Re: From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920 by An Englishwoman??
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2015, 05:33:20 PM »
I don't know who wrote it, but it's certainly gripping.  I couldn't stop reading.  As an added bonus, the LOC call number is included, which should help in tracking it down.

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Re: From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920 by An Englishwoman??
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2015, 05:41:33 PM »
It appears to have been written by a woman of the upper classes, perhaps the wife of a government official from Hants living and working in Russia at the time of the Revolution.  I wonder how difficult it would be to discover the author's name......

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Re: From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920 by An Englishwoman??
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2015, 05:42:58 PM »
Well, if I find out who wrote it, I'll certainly be posting. Let's hope someone comes along who knows. ;) It is gripping!

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Re: From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920 by An Englishwoman??
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2015, 11:02:22 AM »
Hi! I have run across this book (and a few references to it) on GoogleBooks. It is called "From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920". The author is just listed as "an Englishwoman". Events seem to be all from the Moscow area with Smolensk. Does anybody know if it was ever discovered who was writing this book? Here's the link to the book:

https://books.google.com/books?id=StNBAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR1&lpg=PR1&dq=%22From+a+Russian+Diary,+1917-1920%22&source=bl&ots=UbbBv-ODZP&sig=NsH5FTtjNabxQr0dvPSX3N9tm5k&hl=en&sa=X&ei=H2sAVa3FLYGeyATk3oCQAw&ved=0CDYQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22From%20a%20Russian%20Diary%2C%201917-1920%22&f=false

Also, anyone know which "Prince Scherbatoff" is referred to here on page 173:
Last night we heard of three big burglaries which had taken place the previous night. In two cases a haul of 500,000 roubles was made, in the third 1,500,000. The last was in the big house of Prince Scherbatoff, on the boulevard, which is being used by the Bolsheviks as one of their centres. The Red Guard consisted of over thirty soldiers; the robbers numbered fifteen. They said to the Red Guard: We need the money so as to get all of you hanged
later on!


Thanks!
Sarah

The Moscow Palace of Prince Scherbatov still exists at 11 Novinski Street, at Arbat Street.  Built 1911, used during the Revolution as a offices.  Part of it is now a Hostel, and the building is recognized as a cultural landmark building.



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Re: From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920 by An Englishwoman??
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2015, 11:05:42 AM »
Thanks! Great! Do you know which Prince Sherbatov lived there? I have been researching Prince Sergei Borisovich and his wife, Elizaveta Plaoutine. They also lived in Smolensk, so I am wondering if this was a relative.

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Sarah

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Re: From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920 by An Englishwoman??
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2015, 04:45:15 PM »
Thanks! Great! Do you know which Prince Sherbatov lived there?

It was the collector Sergey Alexandrovich Shcherbatov (1875 - 1962) who built this building, which really was an apartment complex with a large mansion for the Prince. It's known as Щербатовский особняк на Новинском бульваре - the Shcherbatov Mansion on Novinskiy Boulevard.
Берёзы севера мне милы,
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Горячку сердца холодит.

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Re: From a Russian Diary, 1917-1920 by An Englishwoman??
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2015, 07:22:00 AM »
It was the collector Sergey Alexandrovich Shcherbatov (1875 - 1962) who built this building, which really was an apartment complex with a large mansion for the Prince. It's known as Щербатовский особняк на Новинском бульваре - the Shcherbatov Mansion on Novinskiy Boulevard.

Thank you so much! I appreciate the info. I was able to look him up and read about him. How sad that he lost everything.