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‘The strangest of lives’: the plight of White Russians in Paris

Fleeing the revolution and forced to scrape a living as taxi drivers and seamstresses, the exiles were generally a melancholy crowd, united by mutual loathing

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After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris Between the Wars Helen Rappaport

Scribe, pp.336, 20

During the years between school and my first job on a newspaper I worked briefly in Paris in an antique shop in the septième, owned by an ancient White Russian who had fled Petrograd at the end of 1917. She was a charming old woman, impeccably turned out and with beautiful manners.

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