Alessandra Kozlowska

Baroness Alessandra Kozlowska (1892-1975) was born in the Krasnodar province of the Caucasus to a well to do family in oil. Having endured the first Russian revolution in 1905 she had married Polish nobleman Thomas Perutz and was living in Russia, Poland and Germany by the First World War. She retreated to Russia during the war where she survived the 1917 revolution but fled the country during the subsequent civil war. For most of the rest of her life she lived in Italy, where her husband was a diplomat for the newly formed nation of Poland.

Conflict, War and Revolution: My Life, edited by Andrew George Perutz, is Alessandra Kozlowska’s gripping and human true life account of her fortitude in the face of historical events.



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Friday 6th September, 18:00

Andrew-George Perutz gives an exciting glimpse into the hidden life of his grandmother Baroness Alessandra Kozlowska.  Alessandra's journey takes her from Russia through Poland, Austria and finally to Italy. She and her family surviv the Russian uprising, the Russian revolition and two world wars. Her life foes from feast to famine, from oil wells and a 48 room palace to imprisonment in Southern Italy; from giving shelter to the president of the Russian Duma just days before the assassination of the Tsar and his family, to providing a refuge for the American Embassy personnel and others in...