Rivka’s War: At the Intersection of Fact, Truth and Fiction

THERE REALLY WAS a Battalion of Death led by Maria Bochkareva. In creating Rivka’s War, I mined from her autobiography and journalistic sources of the period to provide as faithful an account of her and her exploits as possible. The same is true of other historical figures: wherever possible, I used their words and sought to remain true to historical fact—except, of course, where fact interfered with the truth of the narrative. Here’s a rundown of the characters in Rivka’s War.

 

Characters Taken from Life Fictional Characters
Tatuyeva
Lieutenant Filippov (though I gave him the name Leonid)
Yashka and her family
General Brusilov
the Tsar and his family
Rasputin
Kerensky
Lenin
Trotsky
Mrs. Pankhurst
General Polovtzev
Klipatskaya
Vera Mikhailovna (but not the description of her house)
Kornilov
Belonogov
Pugachov
Petrukhin
the Aaronsohn family of Palestine
Allenby and his son
Barty
General von Sanders
the Lefkovits family
the Aaronsohn family of Russia
Nachum
Dudie and his family
Shaul
Olga
Medzvedova
Gennady (Filippov Too)
Tsipi and her family
Shoshanah
Avram ben Yohanan

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