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If you read Nicholas' diaries, and the excellent book "Fontanka 16" about the Imperial Secret Police, you will find that Nicholas opposed the Pogroms and issued edicts to prevent them, which were often ignored. The majority of pogroms in the 1905-1912 period (the period in his reign they occurred) were by local people and local officials. Odessa in 1905 was one of the worst.

You can almost never determine Jewish origins from a surname. While some names are "often" associated with Jewish families,  the same names were also used by non Jews. I've been doing Jewish genealogical research for years now.

DNA testing confirmed.

Nicholas II / Re: Daily Mail - Romanov Fortune
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:40:11 AM »
The article is long on hyperbole and short of actual facts. The "fortune" it turns out wasn't "Nicholas II's" it was Imperial Government gold being moved for safety from Petersburg as the Russians started being beaten by the German army. The jewels found in the Tobolsk Monastery in 1933 were personal property of the IF, so unrelated to the gold bullion. The "Siberian" orders are utterly unrelated. Essentially a useless article.

The Alexander Palace / Re: The Mauve Room (Photos)
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:17:06 AM »
Been discussed in other threads. Charles Berger in Paris still exists and did give an estimate 15 years ago to reproduce the Lampas for 1000 euro a meter, clearly would be more today. There are small examples of the original material, as Kochumov cut them and kept them.  The Berger firm quote might not fit into the restoration budget and the Museum might find another firm to reproduce it for less money

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's letters & notes
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:09:58 PM »
Yes, you will have to upload it to a host site then put the link here. We simply don't have the server space to host all the images and attachments people want to post here.

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: Samuel Petuhov
« on: October 05, 2017, 04:20:32 PM »
YAWNNNNNN. Yet another lunatic hoax.  ::)

Having Fun! / Re: Model warships
« on: October 03, 2017, 03:47:56 PM »
Upload your photos to a photo hosting site. Then copy the url of the uploaded photo and insert the url into the IMG tags from the "Insert Image" button on the toolbar.

Having Fun! / Re: Things that annoy you because you're a Romanov fan
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:45:28 PM »
OTMA were not "German". However, the German government considered them "Princesses of German Blood" in the treaty of Brest Litovsk as the grand daughters of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse-Darmstadt.

News Links / Re: Iron Felix statue
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:04:12 PM »
It had NOTHING to do with a political statement. He was an artist who felt the sculpture had artistic merit and nothing more.

News Links / Re: Iron Felix statue
« on: September 11, 2017, 05:09:39 PM »
The Lenin statue in Seattle was originally in Poland. Removed after the collapse of the USSR and bought by an American and shipped to Seattle because the American thought it had artistic merit.

The Final Chapter / Re: People Being 'Horrified' by OTMAA's Murders?
« on: August 25, 2017, 07:08:25 PM »
Marie Feodorovna wrote: "You know that my thoughts and prayers never leave you. I think of you day and night and sometimes feel so sick at heart that I believe I cannot bear it any longer. But God is merciful. He will give us strength for this terrible ordeal." Her daughter Olga Alexandrovna commented further on the matter, "Yet I am sure that deep in her heart my mother had steeled herself to accept the truth some years before her death.

The Final Chapter / Re: People Being 'Horrified' by OTMAA's Murders?
« on: August 25, 2017, 06:59:34 PM »
Because they said so in letters.

The Final Chapter / Re: People Being 'Horrified' by OTMAA's Murders?
« on: August 25, 2017, 05:53:26 PM »
Lenin and Co. all deliberately kept what happened to the IF murky and unclear. They didn't want the world to know what had happened and in fact encouraged all the claimants. While their immediate family "knew" what had happened, they had no evidence and many, like Marie Feodorovna kept hope that somebody might have survived.  There were no "official announcements" of the murders.

The Final Chapter / Re: A Question from a Friend
« on: August 22, 2017, 01:50:42 PM »
I apologize if I came across as harsh. These issues have been discussed over and over several years ago after the second remains were found. It was just frustrating that they came up yet again.

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