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Forum Announcements / Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:57:05 AM »
I haven't read or been on this forum in years now. Folks here have always been interesting to me, and I do look at pictures in Pinterest.  My forum shortcut fell through the cracks a couple of times when my computer had problem, was changed or the system upgraded  I am finally retired, and living in Bethlehem, Pa.  All these years, I am still a newbie. I just don't write unless some subject really hits me.  Anyway, it is nice to be here again.

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I am reading this almost a decade later.  This has go to be some of the funniest stuff discussed on this forum, especially the "winks and grins".  Not to say any of us is "nuts", but intellectual curiosity can be quite interesting when it goes in obscure directions.  All the best,

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Having Fun! / Re: Then and now (Locations, clothes, etc)
« on: December 23, 2015, 09:37:31 AM »
An amazing collection. Some like the wing chair in the AP looks like it is just waiting for one of the family to come in and sit down. Thank you very much.

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I am reading Alexei now.  I was trying to save it for my Thanksgiving read, but just couldn't hold back!  The section on the Spala crisis was amazing. So unlike anything that I've read.  Congratulations for such an interesting book. Someday, I'll find a copy of your Rasputin.                                                                           All the best,  Kitt

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I read it on my Kindle.  Much of the info is already known.  It is not a justification, but more of an explanation of how and what Franziska was thinking, and how she literally schemed her way through all her various contacts.  She seemed to be a consummate "user".

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Actually one could write a splendid story of the period without using the imperial family. Lots of very interesting and colorful people escaped from Russia during these times.  I would be interested in reading such writings, fictional or nonfiction.  Nonfiction is always better to me, but fiction well written is enjoyable.  Riley, Ace of Spies idea was very interesting. The Trust, which coaxed escaping Russians and money back to Russia is another intriguing idea.  The immediate post Romanov period is a gold mine of ideas without getting into survivorship issues.
All the best,
Kitt ( who is joyful at escaping from the last dire snow storm)

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What! You didn't like your one (or two) hours of Zoloft!  First three years were fine.  Now it's time to  end the story.  I think this fourth season is only to set up for the fifth. I predict that Nazis will make a presence in the fifth. 
All the best,
Kitt

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Hey! I like Steampunk! Romanov.. who knows?
All the best, Kitt

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I read part of the book. It really is terrible.  I am reminded of a recent entry in Apartment Therapy "Kate's House of Romanov".  As I wait for the article to materialize, visions of Romanov memorabilia, and stuff like that roll by my mind.  After all The Alexander Palace is mentioned in the run up to the article.  When what do my hoping eyes first see, but a picture of Lenin!  I'll give you that there were pictures of the imperial family as Passion Bearers. That was about it though. A hallway of soviet posters. 
"Homage to the Romanovs and Soviet propaganda meets plush furniture" was what she called her style. It was neither.
There are some folks who have a very stilted idea of history.  They hear a story and run with it.   Oh, the list of comments were the interesting part.  They nailed her on the mix of Lenin and the Romanovs, including one person whose family was radically altered because of Lenin.
I also agree: real history is much much more interesting.
All the best, Kitt

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The Habsburgs / Re: Assassination/Archduke by King and Woolmans
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:06:26 PM »
I have really enjoyed this book. I read it on my Nook.  I've always known about this story in a general way, but the amount of detail in this work is great.  I found it interesting that FF knew he faced imminent assassination, and requested not to go on this trip.  If he knew this, others must have also. I am sure these "others" knew that their influence would be limited when FF came to the throne. I also think that Archduke Karl might have been thought to be a better choice to succeed by Hapsburg family.  So, they refused to allow FF and his wife to get out of going on the fatal trip.
I also think that their children and descendants were remarkable people.
All the best, Kitt

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The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II, Part 2
« on: August 13, 2013, 09:24:03 AM »
Exactly.  In 1911 he had many more opportunities as a baker here.  The Kaiser Bill stuff was fine until WWI. My grandparents were to be married close to when the US entered the war.  Their wedding was severely curtailed and the whole local German community went very low key.  The way Grandma and Grandpa explained it, no one wanted to display their German ethnicity in public.  My grandparents were fluent in English, but my father and aunt as small children only spoke German. Then they were abruptly immersed in English.  That immersion was so deep that we as grandchildren were not taught German within the family.  I can read some and understand some when I hear it though. That happened to several of my friends with German backgrounds.

Depending on the age of your Grandfather when he arrived in the USA, his memory of the Kaiser and life in Germany was very likely more positive than negative, and his emigration was due to greater work opportunities than opposition to Wilhelm.

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The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II, Part 2
« on: August 12, 2013, 08:38:33 PM »
Several years ago I went through my grandfather's photos for a family scrapbook.  He had emigrated from Germany in 1911.  One of his treasured photos was one of Kaiser Wm. II.  Just an official  one of the Kaiser in uniform.  My family thought I was nuts, but I put in Grandpa's section.  I am glad I did. I guess he never forgot the Kaiser.
All the best, Kitt

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The Final Chapter / Re: Why Wasn't Olga Chosen to go to Ekaterinburg?
« on: July 17, 2013, 05:11:27 PM »
Some wonderful "Monday morning quarterbacking" here.  I feel that had N&A not brought Marie, then the children might have had a better chance of surviving.  I have no doubt that Nicholas with Alexandra had a fate to be killed.  There might have been 2nd thoughts about the children being killed.  While N&A did not accept the Kaiser's offer of rescue, with N&A out of the picture, the children might have been rescued.
All the best, Kitt

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Having Fun! / Re: Flight of the Eagle (Working Title)
« on: July 17, 2013, 04:45:33 PM »
Sounds like an interesting start.  Just a thought: bypass Lenin completely.  There were other political factions that might possibly work.  If Germany had not sent that sealed train with Lenin and friends back to Russia, .... That could open up some possibilities.    Good luck with your story.
All the best, Kitt

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The whole familyís violent death affected me more when I was younger, and I knew less about the murderers.  The AP site and Forum had motivated me to study more about Russia and the Soviet Union.  As a result, I look at all the Soviet killings and see individuals who were murdered in just the same spirit as the imperial family.  When I take the communists as a whole, I see one violent, blood thirsty mechanism.  More honorific,  I donít think it has stopped in our times.  When some leader finds or envisions themselves or their power in danger, those in power can and do make that individual disappear. 
I also canít help but think that prior to the revolution, similar ruthless behavior existed, so that the Bolos had plenty of examples to follow.
Even though we have hot messes in this country (USA), I sure am pleased that nothing compares to what that part of the world has had to contend with past and present.
All the best, Kitt

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