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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Janet_W. on April 20, 2004, 10:52:30 PM

Title: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Janet_W. on April 20, 2004, 10:52:30 PM
Yet another friend of Alix--she who was suipposed to be so off-putting!  I believe I have some sketchy info about Toni Becker.  Unfortunately, I don't have those books with me right now, so maybe someone else will beat me to it?   :)
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Janet_W. on February 09, 2005, 04:47:27 PM
Earlier today Elisa posted the following under the Alexander Palace thread: "I've just found out a very very interesting piece of information about the painter E. Bracht. I read that Toni Becker, Alix's childhood friend in Darmstadt, married in 1895, 'a celebrated painter, Bracht, a man much older than herself'. Could this be THE Bracht? The wonderful painting of Schloss Romrod was painted in this same year 1895. And Toni was later known as Frau Bracht. "

So, I checked the Internet but all the websites listing "Eugen Bracht, 1842-1921" were in German, a language which I do not read or speak.

Perhaps some one fluent in German could help us?  :)


Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Thomas_Hesse on August 15, 2008, 09:07:34 AM
A little appetizer! There will be a highly interesting new book soon! A must-have for all those with a soft spot for Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (and of course all Romanov-fans)

The letters written by the Empress to her close childhood-friend Antonie (Toni) Becker (1868-1965) from 1887 to 1913. Toni's father, Dr. Ernst Becker, was the private secretary to the British Prince Consort Albert and even served as a tutor for the Prince of Wales (future Edward VII) and Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh/S.K.G.
During 10 years serving at the British Court he became a close friend of the Royal Family - a huge collection of letters from Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and all of their children (including gorgeous toddler-letters with their very first steps in the German language) survives to this day as well as precious albums with photgraphs which Becker - like Prince Albert a keen pioneer of the new medium photography and a very gifted photographer himself - took of the Royals and the Royal Household.

When the Prince died and his daughter Princess Alice went to Darmstadt Queen Victoria asked Becker to accompany his former favourite pupil to her new home. Becker agreed and served until his death to the newly made Hessian Princess and future Grand Duchess.
His eldest daughter was baptised "Victoria" - having the Queen as well as Empress Frederick as Godmothers whereas the second, Toni became closely attached to the young Princess Alix of Hesse.
The surviving documents such as letters, postcards, jewels, objets d'arts, Russian toys etc will be shown for the very first time in a book published by Toni's own granddaughter.

Especially the early letters prove to be highly interesting due to their absolutely open voice (character; true but unfortunate love to the Tsarevitch....)
It will be in German (some letters contain English lines though) - but merely the wonderfully rare photographical material is worth taking a glimpse into that book to be.
It even offers a translation of the famous "own cryptic script" Princess Alix and Toni inventioned for themselves.

If anybody should be interested in that book: I can provide information and - as soon as it will be for sale - the address of the seller. Feel free to ask. Greets
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Thomas_Hesse on June 11, 2009, 02:57:56 PM

NEWS: The book will soon be available.

"Briefe der Zarin Alexandra von Russland an ihre Jugendfreundin Toni Becker-Bracht"

ISBN: 978-3-8370-9884-6
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Olga Maria on June 21, 2009, 12:45:54 AM
Does the Mme. Becker nickname for "you know" was named after her? It's something I need a clarification upon.
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Thomas_Hesse on June 26, 2009, 04:55:53 AM

Sorry for the late reply...

I do not know whether "Mde Becker" has actually to do with Toni - it is likely. I have to ask her granddaughter about it (tho' I think she would've told me)
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Helen on June 27, 2009, 02:35:07 AM
Thomas, didn't we discuss it with her about two, three years ago? If I recall well, there is no indication whatever that the phrase 'Madame Becker' had anything to do with her grandmother's family name.
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Thomas_Hesse on June 27, 2009, 04:58:35 PM
I don't remember... getting old I guess
Nonetheless I'd like to it too.

By the way: what about "Courtlife sucks"?
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Helen on June 28, 2009, 06:34:51 AM
By the way: what about "Courtlife sucks"?
Making progress.
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Helen on August 07, 2009, 11:51:21 AM
The letters of Alexandra to her friend Toni Becker have just been published by Books on Demand:
"Briefe der Zarin Alexandra von Russland an ihre Jugendfreundin Toni Becker-Bracht" ; ISBN 978-3-8370-9884-6.
The letters are mainly written in the German language. 
The book can be ordered at http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=1132&objk_id=209980 , but soon also from www.bol.de , www.amazon.de and various other on line bookshops.
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: matushka on August 07, 2009, 03:14:38 PM
Very interesting! I will surely order the book as soon as possible! When were the published letters written? The whole Russia's period? The Beginning of her reign?
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Helen on August 07, 2009, 03:39:36 PM
The first letter included is from 1887 and the last item is a telegram from 1913, so they cover over 25 years. But the greater part was written during Alix's Darmstadt years and the early years of her marriage. The earlier letters are quite interesting, imo - Toni was clearly a true friend with whom Alix was very close and had heart-to-heart talks.
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: blessOTMA on July 15, 2010, 04:41:07 PM
I have a friend who knows vastly more about the Hesses family than I . Almost as a lark,  I asked her how does she imagine the term " Madame Becker " ( or Bekker as Olga N. spells it ) came about? She sent me this interesting speculation

 Alix by 1888 had no sisters at home and no mother -when 'Madame Becker' arrived for the first time she may have wondered who to turn to. She would have asked the advice of her closest friend,  Toni Becker. She was the daughter of the late Princess Alice's personal secretary and visited the palace most days when Alix was young. Toni would have introduced Alix to her mother I suppose -Madame Becker - who then assisted Alix with her embarrassing problem. Alix was known to use code for everything so this is just one of those possibilities.

I see no reason why this should not be considered as a strong  possibility.
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: rudy3 on August 03, 2013, 09:22:40 AM
This book of letters from Empress Alexandra Feodorovna to her youth-friend Toni Becker-Bracht has now been published in Russian, translated by Elena Alexeevna Kopylova.
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Inok Nikolai on August 04, 2013, 11:12:57 AM
This book of letters from Empress Alexandra Feodorovna to her youth-friend Toni Becker-Bracht has now been published in Russian, translated by Elena Alexeevna Kopylova.

If you have more information on the Russian edition: publisher, title, ISBN, price, etc., could you please share it with those of us who read Russian, but, alas, not German.

Thank you!
I. N.

Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: rudy3 on August 04, 2013, 01:15:34 PM
So far only the cover of the Russian edition here:

http://www.peterhof-biblioteka.ru/calendar/1006.html

I will try to find out more and come back to you.

Regards,
Rudy, Finland
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Inok Nikolai on August 05, 2013, 12:50:09 PM
Thanks!

It's a start.

I just looked for it on line in Russian, but everything linked back to that promotional blurb.

Let's keep looking...
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: rudy3 on August 05, 2013, 03:00:40 PM
The Russian edition is a kind of samizdat.  The ISBN number indicated is 9783837098846, the year 2009 and in stead of a publisher: Lotte Hoffmann-Kuhnt. Printed in 500 copies. The ISBN number is that of the German edition, so that does not help us. This Russian edition was published not long ago, probably this spring.
Rudy
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Helen on February 04, 2014, 02:02:14 PM
A review of the Russian edition of this book can be found on page 194 of the December 2013 issue of Series 2 of the "Vestnik" Journal :

Янченко Д. Г., Станюкович-Денисова Е. Ю., Письма царицы Александры Федоровны подруге юности Тони Беккер-Брахт / cост., предисл., коммент. Л. Хоффман Кунт; пер. с нем. Е. А. Копыловой; под ред. Н. и Е. Мальцан. СПб.: Прима, 2013. 176 с.

(Source: table of contents at http://vestnik.unipress.ru/pdf13/s02/s02v4_13.pdf)

Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Helen on February 04, 2014, 03:56:44 PM
Information from the "Digital Library" of the Russian State Library (http://search.rsl.ru/en):

Александра Федоровна (имп.; 1872-1918).
Письма царицы Александры Фёдоровны подруге юности Тони Беккер-Брахт [Текст] / [сост., предисл., коммент. Л. Хоффманн-Кунт ; пер. с нем. Е. А. Копыловой].
Санкт-Петербург : Тип. "Прима", 2013. - 176 с. : ил., портр., факс., цв. ил.; 23 см.
ISBN 978-5-9904903-1-4
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Helen on February 05, 2014, 01:39:06 AM
The address and telephone number of the apparent publisher:
Прима, типография
Почтовый индекс: 197110
Адрес: Санкт-Петербург, улица Малый проспект П.С., 4
Телефон: 8 (812) 235-72-89
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Helen_Azar on February 26, 2014, 10:58:31 AM
This book of letters from Empress Alexandra Feodorovna to her youth-friend Toni Becker-Bracht has now been published in Russian, translated by Elena Alexeevna Kopylova.

If you have more information on the Russian edition: publisher, title, ISBN, price, etc., could you please share it with those of us who read Russian, but, alas, not German.

Thank you!
I. N.

Ditto, thanks!
Title: Re: New Book: Alexandra Feodorovna and Toni Becker
Post by: Helen on December 22, 2014, 02:01:11 PM
Broadcasting company "Hessischer Rundfunk" will broadcast a documentary/film on Alix as a Hessian princess in a week or two.
It will include an interview with Ms. Lotte Hoffmann-Kuhnt, who edited and published Alix's letters to her friend Toni Becker-Bracht.
According to Ms. Hoffmann-Kuhnt, it will be broadcast on 6 January 2015 ( 20h15 local time)  and again on 10 January 2015 ( 18h30 local time).
To watch it, go to http://www.hr-online.de/website/fernsehen/sendungen/ and click on the 'Livestream' button.