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In Quisling's Shadow: The Memoirs of Vidkun Quisling's First Wife, Alexandraby Alexandra Andreevna Voronine Yourieff
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"For more than sixty years the truth about what happened to me so long ago has been deliberately hidden, and soon I, too, shall be a mute memory. I want to tell what I know so that one day, perhaps, the whole truth may be known."
Alexandra Andreevna Voronine and her mother lived in Kharkov alone, destitute, and fearing for their lives because of World War I, revolution, civil war, and famine. When Alexandra went to work in 1921 at the office that was coordinating Russian and foreign famine relief, she met Captain Vidkun Quisling, Fridtjof Nansen's representative in the Ukraine. In 1922, at the age of seventeen, she married the man whose name became synonymous with traitor during World War II and accompanied him to Oslo.
Abandoned in Paris within a year, penniless and unaware of being a pawn in a game of international intrigue, Alexandra remained under Quisling's strict control for several more years. When her tumultuous life eventually took her to China, she married George W. Yourieff, who supported her efforts to recall and analyze her years as Quisling's wife. A further tide of events saw the Yourieffs settled in California, and in 1980 they began a collaboration with the Norwegian-born historian and novelist Kirsten A. Seaver.
The archives Seaver consulted in London and Oslo and at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University confirmed Alexandra's intensely personal, episodic recollections about an extraordinary life and provided the necessary connective tissue. They also revealed to Alexandra at long last the brutal story behind her lost years.
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A Nazi collaborator, Vidkin Quisling was installed as prime minister of Norway by the Germans in 1942; after the war he was convicted of high treason and executed. Alexandra Andreevna Voronine Yourieff was Quisling's first wife from 1922-24. The death of Quisling's second wife, Maria, in 1980, and the subsequent auction of her possessions and publication of her diary, increased the Norwegians' interest in Quisling and his private life, including his relationships with his two wives. Alexandra, working with her second husband, W. George Yourieff, and Norwegian-born historian, Kirsten A. Seaver (Norwegian, Stanford U.), first published her memoir in 1999 in Norwegian. This English edition now makes her story available to a wider audience. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Alexandra Andreevna Voronine Yourieff, wife of Vidkun Quisling, reveals firsthand in this detailed memoir the tragedy, betrayals, misunderstandings, and happiness of her fascinating life. Not just a tale of saints and sinners, but of three people—Alexandra, Quisling, and his second wife, Maria—whose fates were intertwined under the extreme conditions created by revolution, war, and famine in Russia. She discloses every particular of her long and tumultuous life, from her happy early childhood on the Crimean peninsula thorough the horrors of the revolution, her marriage to Quisling and his ultimate betrayals of both her and his country, to her later life in France and California.
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