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Welcome, HessianPrincess!  Your first post has to be one of the most alluring and jaw-dropping that I have seen here.  I read - and listened - to it the day you posted.  Though I wanted to believe, I still had reservations as I listened to the recording, that is, until Paul Kulikovsky's post.  It is indescribably awesome to listen to voices that were familiar to Nicholas and Alexandra, and later to OTMAA.  The recording brings all of them to life like nothing else can.  Thank you so much for posting.

Those in leadership positions, whether they be president, prime minister, monarch, corporate head, etc., have always been the frequent topic of conversation.  People talk.  And as they talk, rumors arise.  The best way for any leader to combat rumors is to venture out and engage the people.  The present Queen Elizabeth and the British royal family are a perfect example.  But last tsar's reign was marked by the withdrawal and isolation of the imperial couple, and Alexandra's nearly complete absence from public life.  As Russia stumbled from one crisis to the next - from Khodinka Field to the Russo-Japanese War to the 1905 Revolution, and finally to the disaster of of WWI - Russians blamed Nicholas II, and vicious rumors about Alexandra and Rasputin's influence on her and her influence on the Tsar swirled unchecked.  She did nothing to combat those rumors save for complaining to her husband, her children, a handful of ladies in waiting, and a small circle of close friends about the unfairness of it all.  Thus, her immediate circle knew that she was truly a decent woman.  But Russia and the world had no way of knowing, and the Imperial Family died leaving legacy of baseless rumors.  Until the fall of the Soviet Union, that's all the world had.  Since then, Nicholas and Alexandra have been rehabilitated with rumors put to rest and the world looks more kindly on both.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:26:41 AM »
I never thought I'd live to see such a stunningly candid photo.

Having Fun! / Re: IMPORTANT: If you use Photobucket, read this!
« on: May 19, 2018, 12:04:52 PM »
After what they did last July, I'll never go near Photobucket again, no matter what they do.  I transferred all my photos to Imgur and am using them now.  I like Imgur so much better.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Exteriors of Alexander Palace
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:42:20 AM »
This is the first time I have ever seen an aerial view of the AP with Children's Island.  It is so nice to see it in relation to the palace.  Thank you so much for this delightful - and completely unexpected - surprise, Joanna.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia May Have had a Crush?
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:32:07 AM »
Agreed on the one hand.  But on the other, I don't see anything wrong with historical fiction if it is approached as such.  There's that "what if?" factor that makes them so enjoyable.  R. T. Stevens "The Summer Day Is Done" is just such an example.  GD Olga's discreet romance with Kirby - and her parents' handling of it - are entirely plausible.  But even though the relationship did not happen, the book is so well-written and provides such a fascinating window into Olga's personality that it cannot be dismissed entirely merely because it is fiction. 

The Final Chapter / Re: One Hundred Years On
« on: April 08, 2018, 03:23:18 PM »
According to articles I've read over the past few months, no official commemoration is planned in Russia.  The reason is simple; nobody knows how to go about marking the Imperial Family's murder in a way that does not celebrate it, nor bring unwanted attention to the government's involvement with the assassination.   

Great pictures, Joanna!  I especially liked the 1898 map of the complex, complete with setting of Lower Dacha.  The palace is beautiful though it, and especially the stables, looks in need of repair.

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: March 26, 2018, 07:55:22 AM »
Maria, Anastasia with aunt Irene and her family


I clicked on this site a few days ago and found a new addiction.  It is an unbelievable trove of photos and videos I have never, ever seen before.  It would be so easy to spend hours at this site.  Thanks for posting, Ally!

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: March 18, 2018, 05:57:18 PM »
Ally, you have brought this photo to life like I've never seen.  Beautiful job!

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Winter Palace State Rooms
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:51:20 AM »
Joanna strikes again - with the most amazing photos.  The picture of the Jordan Staircase looking straight up at the ceiling is unbelievably stunning.  I'd never seen the staircase from this perspective before.

Re the 1913 dinner:  What was the occasion?  Judging from the turban'd heads at table, I'm assuming it was a diplomatic dinner of some sort.

The Final Chapter / Re: People Being 'Horrified' by OTMAA's Murders?
« on: December 18, 2017, 10:06:15 AM »
In "Nicholas &  Alexandra," Robert Massey writes that one purported reaction among the peasants to news of the  Tsar's possible death at Yekaterinburg was, "Merciful Christ, could they have burned the whole family alive?" 

Since no formal announcement of the assassination was made, the world had only rumors to go on at first.  But even rumors of the assassination of the Tsar and his family would naturally have evoked shock, horror, and revulsion among some, and indifference among others in 1918, just as they would today.   However, the Imperial family were so removed from their subjects that little was known about them by anybody outside their immediate circle.  Given that, and the turmoil Russia and the world were embroiled in at the time, I suspect that any reaction to rumors of the assassination would have passed quickly as people's thoughts turned back to the matter of daily survival. 

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:23:16 PM »
I've never been able to look at the above photo without a shudder.  Smoking while laying in a haystack seems awfully dangerous.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:34:43 AM »
There is a picture somewhere in this forum of Olga sitting on a canal embankment across from Children's Island, smoking a cigarette.  (I think Anastasia is with her.)

I wonder if there exists a photo of Alexandra smoking.  That she did is certain; Anna Vyrubova wrote, "During the war, the Empress smoked cigarettes to calm her nerves..."  T'would be interesting to see a photo of her actually doing so.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: The Amber Room of the Catherine Palace
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:53:06 AM »
I've always wondered, now that the Amber Room has been reconstructed, what would happen to the original should it ever be found?

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