Helen Azar a public librarian specializing in history. I grew up in a Russian speaking household and as a child used to compile paragraphs from children’s books and magazines for fun.
After a relatively short career in research science I decided to switch gears and return to grad school to fulfill a dream of becoming a librarian. Currently I am working at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and I am also a published author.
Specialties: Research in European history, as well as science (forensic anthropology). Co-authored (with author and historian Margarita Nelipa) several “science-meets-history” articles. In 2013, published the books “The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution” and “Russia’s Last Romanovs: In Their Own Words”.
While researching for her first book, Helen visited Russia several times, and as part of the library school academic curriculum worked in the Rare Book Fund at the Museum at Tsarskoe Selo, which holds the imperial book collection, including that of Catherine the Great and the last Tsar Nicholas II.
Helen’s professional scientific training and a passion for Russian history led to co-authoring several articles on the identification of the remains of the last Tsar and his family.
Currently Helen works at the Free Library of Philadelphia and is part of a team of librarians that runs popular local history programs.
Besides the diaries themselves, the additional material this book contains will give the reader a better and more objective understanding of what was actually happening in the imperial family’s lives at the time. I think that the reader will wind up with a much better sense of who the eldest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia (as well the members of her family), was as a human being, as well as of the historical events that surrounded her at the time she wrote down her words.
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The First English Translation of the Wartime Diaries of the Eldest Daughter of Nicholas II, the Last Tsar of Russia, with Additional Documents of the Period
In August 1914, Russia entered World War I, and with it, the imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II was thrust into a conflict they would not survive.
His eldest child, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had begun a diary in 1905 when she was ten 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 compiled into English until this volume.
The Last Ruling Romanovs.. Much has been written about the life of the last Imperial family of Russia: Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra, and their five children – Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Aleksei. The entire family, including their personal physician, retainers, and even their pets, became tragic victims of the Bolshevik revolution. They were arrested, exiled, and ultimately secretly murdered in a small cellar of a house in the Urals, in the summer of 1918.
In this book, you will follow the events which led up to their eventual tragic fate through personal words of each family member, as well as their close friends and associates. Their letters, diaries, and postcards – many of which have been compiled into English here for the first time – tell a unique story, and have yet a lot to reveal.