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Delin Colón, Author of Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History

July 7, 2013

Pat Bertram Introduces . . .

Rasputin: The Memoirs of His Secretary 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. He lends an up-close, affectionate and intimate view of Rasputin whom he depicts as a threat to the nobility due to Rasputin’s progressive and egalitarian opinions on social and economic reform, which rendered him a convenient scapegoat for all of Russia’s ills. Simanovitch’s discourse is interspersed with much of the gossip, plots and intrigues of Petersburg society at the start of the twentieth century.

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