As described on Amazon, “This book is a well-documented account of Rasputin as a healer, equal rights activist and man of God, and why he was so vilified by the aristocracy that their vicious rumors became accepted as history. For nearly a century, Grigory Rasputin, spiritual advisor to Russia’s last Tsar and Tsarina, has been unjustly maligned simply because history is written by the politically powerful and not by the common man. A wealth of evidence shows that Rasputin was discredited by a fanatically anti-Semitic Russian society, for advocating equal rights for the severely oppressed Jewish population, as well as for promoting peace in a pro-war era. Testimony by his friends and enemies, from all social strata, provides a picture of a spiritual man who hated bigotry, inequity and violence. The author is the great-great niece of Aron Simanovitch, Rasputin’s Jewish secretary.”
The purpose of these pages is not only about the book, but primarily to right a century-old wrong. Included among these pages are:
1. An Article, “Vindicating Rasputin,” distilling the basic essence of the book;
2. Excerpts from the book;
3. Reviews of the book by readers and book review editors;
4. The 12 year journey, researching and writing the book;
5. About Rasputin’s secretary, Aron Simanovitch and his memoirs
6. Related reading
7. Miscellaneous other details
As I post these entries, I hope that they will not only entertain, but educate, and perhaps add another dimension to the historical view of Grigori Rasputin.
Delin Colón is the author of Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History; here is a link to her website:
Q: What originally made you interested in writing about Rasputin?
A: My roots are Russian-Jewish. I’m a second-generation American. My father had always told me that his great uncle, Aron Simanovitch, had been secretary to Rasputin, and he had often recounted meeting Simanovitch in 1923, when my father was a young boy.
You wrote Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History and you also translated your great-great uncle’s memoirs. What are the memoirs about?
Rasputin: The Memoirs of His Secretary is my English translation (with annotations) of the French memoirs of my great-great uncle, Aron Simanovitch, who was secretary and friend to Rasputin for a decade. His perspective is also unique because he was one of a small percentage of Jews permitted to live outside the Pale of Settlement that most Jews were confined to.
“Rasputin: The Memoirs of his Secretary” by Aron Simanovitch is now available on Kindle and is annotated and in English for the first time.
The paperback edition will be available in about a week on Amazon.
Here is the Kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CX3EUWG#_