The Desolation of Exile:
A Russian Family's Odyssey

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THE DESOLATION OF EXILE:
A RUSSIAN FAMILY'S ODYSSEY
BY
NINA BOGDAN


 Князь Николай Александрович Ухтомский, примерно 1913 г.

THE DESOLATION OF EXILE:
A RUSSIAN FAMILY'S ODYSSEY
is now available for purchase at
www.amazon.com

Kindle version at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009D4BFPS

THIS IS A TRUE STORY OF RUSSIA TOLD BY A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN.
My Russian roots extend back in a direct line for over 1000 years. Over the course of many years of research, exploration and travel to Russia, Ukraine and China, I learned my family history. I tell the story of the family through a prism of Russia's history, exploring the lives of individuals both in the context of key events as well as through archival documents, personal letters, and written recollections.

The story culminates in the life of Knyaz
(Prince) Nikolay Alexandrovich Ukhtomsky, my grandfather, who fought in World War I and with the White Guard in the Russian Civil War. Forced into exile, he lived in Manchuria and Berlin, was involved in various political movements, and was finally arrested by SMERSH in 1945 when the Soviet Union's Red Army occupied Harbin, China.

This website is a supplement to the book.  It includes nineteenth and early twentieth century photos, contemporary photos and other information of interest. There are many photos where the people pictured are unknown and I would like this website to also be a place where people will exchange information if they have it (specifically about Simbirsk and Harbin). Many people have contacted me since I first started this website and provided information about the photographs posted here, especially on the Harbin page. I am grateful to them all and update the site as I receive information. 
 
Please contact me with information or questions: info@thedesolationofexile.com 

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Also please visit my blog at:

http://blog.thedesolationofexile.com/?ci=23323

THE DESOLATION OF EXILE: A RUSSIAN FAMILY'S ODYSSEY

 

ГОРЕ ИЗГНАНИЯ. ОДИССЕЯ РУССКОЙ СЕМЬИ.
INTRODUCTION.
My interest in my family roots began when I was relatively young perhaps because, like so many immigrants, we had no extended family in the United States. As a child, when I would listen to other children speak about their aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins, it was a mystery to me why as to how they could have such easy access to their relatives. With the exception of a ten-year period when my maternal grandmother lived in San Francisco, our only family (on my mother's side) lived in Brazil. I had the notion that it was natural for cousins to live far away and for family visits to be rare and long-awaited events...

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