The secret diaries of a twenty-three-year-old White Russian princess who worked in the German Foreign Office from 1940 to 1944 and then as a nurse, these pages give us a unique picture of wartime life in that sector of German society from which the 20th of July Plot the conspiracy to kill Hitler was born.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||1st Vintage Books ed|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Marie Vassiltchikov, who died in 1978, kept a diary of her work at the German Foreign Ministry and with the underground resistance movement during WW II.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Outstanding account of war-time Germany written by a 23 year old aristocratic White Russian emigre. Close friends of those involved in the July, 1944 plot against Hitler, she describes her intimate knowledge of the affair. She also describes the bombings of Berlin and later Vienna and the total breakdown in society at the close of the war. A lady of unusual character and inner resources.
This story has both the high and the low. She's a princess and knows most of the aristocracy. She may not have bread but will find oysters. But she also knows the smell of death. Totally gripping!