Paris: self-published, 1931. Octavo (19 × 12.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 227 pp. Illustrations. Spine extremities lightly frayed; light wear to wrapper edges; still very good. Item #6724
[Memoir of a Female White Russian Volunteer during the Civil War]
First and only edition of the memoirs of Maria Nesterovich-Berg (1879-??), a White Russian émigré and one of the leaders of the “Union of soldiers and officers fleeing from captivity,” a clandestine charitable organization involved in helping former prisoners of war (1915–1918). The memoir describes Nesterovich-Berg’s activities in transporting POW officers from Moscow to the Don region and Orenburg with the greatest activity in November-December of 1917. The memoir further describes her actions during the Russian Civil War in Kiev in 1918, where she worked on equipping the teams of White army volunteer officers. Finally, in 1919, managing to join the Armed Forces of Southern Russia (AFSR), the last stronghold of the White army against the Bolsheviks, she continued to carry out secret missions for AFSR until the army’s demise. In 1920 Nesterovich-Berg fled to Poland, later seemingly settling in Paris, where her memoir was published in 1931. Scarce in the trade.