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Tue Apr 04 17:07:29 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg eBook, Nelka, by Michael Moukhanoff This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Nelka Mrs.
Helen de Smirnoff Moukhanoff, 1878-1963, a Biographical Sketch Author: Michael Moukhanoff Release Date: September 17, 2007 [eBook #22655] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK NELKA*** E-text prepared by John Young Le Bourgeois NELKA (Mrs.
Helen de Smirnoff Moukhanoff.) 1878-1963 A Biographical Sketch. by Michael Moukhanoff 1964 FOREWARD. In attempting this biographical sketch of Nelka I am using the memories of 45 years together and also a great number of letters as material.
Her Aunt, Miss Susan Blow, had the habit of keeping Nelka’s letters over the years.
There are some as early as when Nelka was only five years old and then up to the year 1916, the year her aunt died.
These letters reflect very vividly the personality, the ideas, the aspirations, the disappointments and the hopes of a person over a period of a long life.
They paint a very real picture of her personality and for this reason I am using quotations from these letters very extensively. Tue Apr 04 17:07:29 2017 2 Nelka de Smirnoff was born on August 19, 1878 in Paris, France. Her father was Theodor Smirnoff, of the Russian nobility.
Her grandmother had tartar blood in her veins and was born Princess Tischinina.
Nelka’s father was a brilliant man, finishing the Imperial Alexander Lyceum at the head of his class.
A versatile linguist, he joined the Russian diplomatic service and occupied several diplomatic posts in various countries, but died young, when Nelka was only four years old, and was buried in Berlin.
Nelka therefore hardly knew him, though she remembered him and throughout h...





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