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.