The Czech and Slovak Legion in Siberia, 1917-1922
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"This latest rendition of the Czech and Slovak Legion’s extraordinary odyssey from the Russian western front through Siberia during the revolutionary years of W.W.I and its violent aftermath is an unabashedly glorious epic of national heroism and martyrdom. ... the legendary survival of the thousands of Slavic soldiers along the vast stretches of the Trans-Siberian Railway was suppressed in communist Czechoslovakia as politically inconvenient ... Czech national leader and later president Thomas Masaryk and fellow nationalists skillfully exploited and steered the Legion to gain recognition as part of the Allied war effort and thereby promote Czechoslovak independence. Mohr did enrich her story effectively with reports from ten major US newspapers of the time, the news sheet published by the legionnaires, and and quotes from collections of letters at Stanford University’s Hoover Library. She even pursued surviving family members to uncover any remaining personal memories. ...
Summing Up: Recommended. -- D. Prowe, emeritus, Carleton College
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"The actions of W.W.I's Czech and Slovak Legion, composed of former prisoners of war, were covered extensively in the New York Times and New York Herald, yet the story of the Czech and Slovak Legion quickly disappeared from public view after the war. Monuments to legion members were removed by the Communist Party and the legion was expunged from written history in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Historian Mohr, who specializes in Slavic studies, spent many years unearthing personal stories and writings, government documents, and photos to shed light on the true significance of the Czech and Slovak Legion. Writing in a lively narrative style, she reveals details of the forced migration of some of the legion members, intertwining history with the contemporary efforts of legion members' descendants to discover the truth. The book is illustrated with a wealth of b&w photos.
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