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Has anyone else come across this children's book? http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/haskell/katrinka/katrinka.html

I don't know if anyone brought it up before on a previous thread but I was googling around for Romanov stuff and found the full text on-line. It was written in 1915 (obviously for English-reading audience it seems) when Nicholas was still on the throne and NAOTMAA are all supporting characters. It's about a rural girl named Katrinka who was raised to idolize the Czar by her parents but when her parents are arrested and sent to Siberia on false charges, Katrinka dances her way to St.Petersburg determined to see Nicholas, thinking he will release her parents if he knew the truth (which proves to be the case). Several times she meets the GD Tatiana and something prevents her from talking to the Czar himself until she becomes a prima ballerina and gets an audience with the IF.

What was interesting to me was that it was written when the Imperial Family was still alive and the author writes fictional representations of them. The preface even alludes to the intent of the book and adds as an allusion to WWI (then being fought)-  "If the Great War brings liberty to the oppressed peoples in Russia, to the Poles and the Jews and all the others; if it teaches the Czar and his nobles the meaning of brotherhood, and brings to the more democratic nations, like England and America, a wider, purer vision of liberty for all people, it will not have been fought in vain."

Its revealing on how little was actually known about what went on with the IF - the author (like everyone else) didn't know the truth about Alexis so the reason giving for him not appearing in public is death/security threats, O&T are given a German "Fraulein" governess when their actual governesses were English or Russian (even Mlle. Schneider was a Russian albeit of German descent), the Grand Duchesses are seen going out and about from Tsarskoe Selo as if it was a regular thing (when we know that wasn't the case), Marie is regarded as the "youngest" GD instead of Anastasia, Alix instead of being the well-brought up cosmopolitan granddaughter of Queen Victoria is written just as if she was the princess of a small german town (Darmstadt) and had to do her own cooking since she was a child. Also interesting the larger role given to GD Tatiana in the book compared to her sisters - a reminder that most of us forget (since Tatiana seems the least popular of OTMA today) that in 1915, Tatiana was regarded as the most beautiful of the daughters and the most popular with the public and often put Olga in the shade in formal appearances.

Given that the IF often read books in English, I wonder if they read this one and what the children thought of the representations of themselves if they did?

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The Imperial Family / Dolls, wax figures, busts etc of NAOTMAA
« on: July 05, 2004, 10:18:47 AM »
I came across this sculpture by sculptor Frederic Hart and it is supposedly based on OTMA and the original is owned by Prince Charles (their cousin).

Here are various views of the piece:
http://www.visionsfineart.com/hart/daughtodes.html
http://www.larrysmithfineart.com/frederick_hart_daughtersofodessa.htm
http://www.jeanstephengalleries.com/hart-daughters-bronze.html

and an article where the inspiration of the piece is mentioned:http://www.nashvillescene.com/cgi-bin/printer.cgi?story=Back_Issues:2004:April_1-7_2004:Arts:Art
and the quote from it:
A large portion of gallery space is devoted to another of Hart's major works: "The Daughters of Odessa," depicting the four daughters of Russian Czar Nicholas II, who were murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918. This sculpture, which recalls the artistic styles of Botticelli, Raphael and Rodin, is part of a series of elegant and poignant allegorical works depicting the supposed loss of innocence in the 20th century. The original sculpture stands in the grounds of Highgrove, England, the home of Prince Charles. On show at Belmont are a bronze model of the statue, the original clay maquette and life-size bronze reproductions of the four figures. "Daughters of Odessa" is Hart's last bronze and is perhaps his most beautiful, with four young women joined in a circle representing the fragility of life.

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