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MUNICH, Russian Émigrés. Бѣлая сибирь (Внутренняя война 1918-1920г.г.) [White Siberia. The Internal War].



A scarce first-hand account on the Civil War along the route of the Trans-Siberian Railway was written in New York by lieutenant general Saharov, a White Russian émigré, in 1920, and was published by a Commander of the Russian Imperial Navy, Harald Graf in Munich, Germany.

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This is a scarce first-hand account on the civil war in Siberia, fought by the White Russian army alongside the Czechoslovak Legion between 1918 and 1920, accompanied with illustrations.

The author Konstantin Vyacheslavovich Sakharov (1881-1941) was a white Russian émigré. Sakharov became colonel in 1917, general major in 1918 and lieutenant general in 1919. In 1918 he was arrested by the Bolsheviks and imprisoned in Astrakhan, from where he escaped to Vladivostok. In 1920 he immigrated to Germany through Japan and United States. He died in 1941 and is buried in Berlin.

The text was written in 1920 in New York and was published three years later in Munich, Germany. 


Harald Graf – Commander of the Russian Imperial Navy and Publisher

The book does not quote the name of the publisher, but the advertisement on the back says it could be obtained at H. Graf, in the garden house of Isabellastrasse 26, in Munich.

Harald Graf (also Garalʹd Karlovich Graf) was a Commander of the Russian Imperial Navy, who moved to Munich after the revolution. He remained in close contact with the Russian émigré nobility until his death.

Graf wrote one of rare first-hand accounts on the navy battles during the revolution called Novik ,named after his ship. The contemporary English translation, which could be ordered from the same address was titled The Russian Navy in War and Revolution.

Graf stayed in close contact with the Russian nobility throughout his life. Circa 1998 his posthumous memories were published under a title In the service of the imperial house of Russia, 1917-1941: the memoirs of H.G. Graf, Commander of the Russian Imperial Navy (Na sluzhbe imperatorskomu domu Rossii, 1917-1941).

The book was published in Munich in 1923, in the same year the union of Mladorossi (Союз Младороссов), a fundamentalist political group of Russian émigré monarchists, was founded in the same city.


References: OCLC 749076380 & 493525598.

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