Konstantin Stavrovich Cherkassov was born Konstantin Lagoridov in Taganrog, Russia, on March 2, 1921. He adopted his new name
after World War II to escape forced repatriation to the Soviet Union. During the war, he joined General Andrei Vlasov’s Russkaia
osvoboditel’naia armiia and was a captain in the Fifth Cossack Division under the command of General Ivan Kononov, serving
later as reconnaissance officer. In the postwar period, Cherkassov lived in a displaced persons camp in Parsch, Austria, where
he assumed the last name Dulshers. In 1949 he immigrated to Australia, where he worked as a gardener. The collection contains
Cherkassov’s novel “Mezhdu dvukh ognei” in manuscript form, for which he drew on his firsthand experience as a member of the
Russian Liberation Army (Russkaia osvoboditel’naia armiia).