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|Alexandra Lvovna Tolstaya|
Alexandra with her father
18 July 1884|
Yasnaya Polyana, Russia
|Died||26 September 1979
Valley Cottage, New York, USA
Countess Sophia Andreyevna Behrs
Countess Alexandra (Sasha) Lvovna Tolstaya (Russian: Александра Львовна Толстая; 18 July 1884 – 26 September 1979) was the youngest daughter and secretary of the noted Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy.
Although Alexandra Lvovna shared with her father the doctrine of non-violence, she felt it was her duty to take part in the events of World War I. For her courage, the Russian government awarded her three St George Medals and the rank of colonel.
The Bolsheviks imprisoned Alexandra in 1920, but she was installed as the director of the Tolstoy museum in Yasnaya Polyana the next year. She left the Soviet Union in 1929, and settled in the United States, where she founded the Tolstoy Foundation. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1941.
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- Bio at Tolstoy Foundation web site
- Picture of Alexandra Tolstoy in Valley Cottage[dead link]
- The human spirit is free(Russian), Alexandra Tolstaya's appearances by Radio Svoboda's microphone. Introduction by Ivan Tolstoy, April 28, 2008.
- 1970 film from National Archive
- Saint Sergius Learning Center founded in association with Tolstoy Foundation in Valley Cottage
- Rayfield, Donald, Stalin and His Hangmen, Random House, 2004, ISBN 0-375-75771-6.
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