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My readings of "Anastasia, The Lost Princess" by James Blair Lovell have brought about many questions which I cannot answer.  First of these is that if Anna Anderson was not Anastasia, how can you explain these facts:

Anna Anderson had many physical characteristics similar to that of Anastasia.  For example, the bunions on her feet, the scar on her right shoulder, and the small scar on her left hand, along with her height and such.  Could some of these have just been created by her somehow as part of a hoax?  The bunions seem kind of hard to fake, and they were reported to be so severe that they have to have been present at birth.  Coincidence?

And if this was a hoax, why would Anna Anderdson risk her life and jump from a bridge into a river to simulate a suicide?  Why would she have not done something less risky to make herself "known"?  Could she have actually measured the depth of the water and the height of the bridge to insure her survival?

And if she was a Polish factory worker, where would she have the time or the resources to learn so much about Anastasia Romanov?  Even many small details few people, if any, knew about.  In 1920, the year Anna Anderson jumped, Poland was involved in the Russo-Polish War.  I would imagine factories would be quite busy during this time, making it hard for Anna to learn so much about Anastasia.  

Although I know nothing of the education system in Poland in the early 1900's, I would imagine a person who ended up as a factory worker would not know more than one of two languages.  During her time in the asylum, she reportedly spoke both Russian and English in her sleep.  This suggests that she could fluently speak both of these languages.  Plus she also spoke German when awake (if I remember correctly).

And how did so many people who had seen here before her disappearance confirm that she was Anastasia?  Pierre Gilliard said Anna Anderson was not Anastasia because she could not, or refused to, speak Russian, and because of the religion "crossed herself as" (she "crossed herself" in the manner of a  Roman Catholic rather than in the fashion of  the Russian Orthodox Church, but this could be because her wedding, if it occurred, was held "Roman Catholic style").  Anna Anderson said she did not speak Russian after the execution because it brought back too many memories.  And from her talking in her sleep, it is clear that she did speak Russian.

Lastly, it is reported that Russian Bolsheviks were looking for a missing body for weeks after the execution on July 19, 1918.  Could it be that Anastasia did make it out alive, or did the Bolsheviks somehow lose one of the bodies?  

Although it may seem that I believe Anna Anderson was Anastasia, I really donít know.  The DNA tests say that she was not, but it just seems unlikely that someone could resemble and know so much about a person to this degree without being that person.  Iím trying to keep an open mind about it.  So if anyone can explain some "facts" about Anna Anderson, please do so.  

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