Elena Skrjabina's struggle to survive World War II began in 1941, with the blockade of Leningrad, which she describes in a previously published portion of her diary, Siege and Survival: The Odyssey of a Leningrader.
The present diary begins August 9, 1942, the night a German invasion transformed Pyatigorsk into an inferno. When the Red soldiers returned, the Skrjabins and thousands of other Russians retreated with the routed German Army. This powerful and shocking diary tells the chilling tale of the little known, carefully suppressed Russian side of World War II.
About the Author
Elena Skrjabina (1906-1996) was professor emeritus of Russian at the University of Iowa. She grew up in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) where her father was a member of the last Russian Parliament before the 1917 Communist revolution. From 1941, when the Germans invaded Russia, until 1945, when the Allied forces won the war, Elena Skrjabina suffered many hardships that she chronicles in her works.
Norman Luxenburg is professor of Russian at the University of Iowa. He was formerly professor of Russian history and modern European history at Purdue University.
Table of Contents
|The Germans in the Caucasus: August 9, 1942 to January 9, 1943||1|
|En Route from Pyatigorsk to Bendorf: January 12 to November 12, 1943||41|
|In Bendorf: December 18, 1943 to March 25, 1945||115|
|Names of People Appearing in Diary||181|
|Names of Places Appearing in Diary||189|