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Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« Last post by blessOTMA on March 24, 2020, 11:10:11 PM »
Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Locking Trina's Maid in Water-Closet
« Last post by Georgiy on March 23, 2020, 02:16:12 AM »
The letter is genuine and can be found in GARF 640-1-1318.
The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« Last post by trentk80 on March 20, 2020, 01:45:43 PM »
In 2017 there was an Austrian-Czech TV series on the life of Empress Maria Theresa. You can watch the first episode (with English subtitles) here:
Written by Jonathan Barnes. Directed by Ken Bentley.

Sound Design & Music by Howard Carter.


David Bradley (The Doctor), Claudia Grant (Susan Foreman), Jemma Powell (Barbara Wright), Jamie Glover (Ian Chesterton), Leighton Pugh (Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov / Thomas Preston), Dan Starkey (Yakov Yurovsky), George Weightman (Grigory Nikulin), John Albasiny (Makerenkov), Alex Tregear (Anastasia Romanov). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II and Anti-Semitism.
« Last post by Ally Kumari on March 18, 2020, 04:31:59 AM »
The police inaction was explained as I wrote earlier. The lower level "on the street" police were sympathetic to the pogrom and the man in charge was dismissed with Nicholas' permission for his mis handling of the events:
"Plehve secured the tsar's agreement to dismiss von Raaben because of his poor handling of the disturbances.  He sent his director of police, A.A. Lopukhin to Kishniev to investigate the conduct of the local authorities at the time of the pogroms.  Lopukhin did not discover any trace of premeditated preparation of the pogrom, but he concluded that the events could not have taken place without the participation of the lower police ranks. "

Here is Spiridovitch's take on Nicholas, from his memoir:
There was an opinion widely repeated in which the Emperor had detested the Jews.  That is incorrect.  As he was a Russian, and a man well versed in political and social history, the Emperor would not love the Jews, however he never once displayed the slightest hatred toward them.  He always showed himself to be as equally fair in regards to them as he was to many other groups.
     Those who created the anti-Jewish policies were acting in accordance with their own personal beliefs, and were hiding behind the Emperor and were trying to make him the scapegoat for them.  All of that was for nothing."

Also, several soldiers of the Orchestra of Nicholas' own Praeobrazhenskaya Regiment were Jews, there was a huge row when Dombadze tried to have them expelled from Yalta during one of Nicholas's stays at Livadia.

Hello! I realize I am 14 years late to this discussion, but would it be possible to share the full citation of the Spiridovitch´s quote? I would like to use it in my thesis, but I do not own the book and it would take weeks before it would get here. Not to mention, at present, I have no idea if the bookstore is even accepting orders.....
The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« Last post by trentk80 on March 17, 2020, 07:48:44 PM »
An article on the journey of archduchesses Maria Carolina and Maria Amalia to their new home was recently published in German. You can read the details of the book here:
Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Locking Trina's Maid in Water-Closet
« Last post by slhouette on March 17, 2020, 06:50:57 PM »
I'll record my journey to find a source for this note in this thread, I guess. Maybe it will be interesting/useful for others?

So the quote is not in any of Helen Azar's translations of the Romanov sisters diaries/letters. Since reading the text provided online of August Sisters of Mercy, I noticed that Ms. Azar's books don't have every single diary entry/letter that they wrote.

I took a chance on Raegan Baker's "Anastasia's Sisters," the next installation of her Romanov studies after Olga's 1913 diary translation, it wasn't in there either. Not sure where to go from here. I contacted's site runners but no response, I'm not even sure if they would remember where they found that as the site was made in the early 2000s. Very frustrating!!
The Habsburgs / Re: Emperor Leopold I , his wives and family
« Last post by trentk80 on March 17, 2020, 06:49:46 PM »
An online article about some letters of Empress Claudia Felicitas:
[move[/move]I do not know how, as a long-time stalker of this site AND a devoted Romanov bibliophile, this books existence escaped my notice.  Thank you belatedly, Ms. Ashton, for a very sensitively painted picture.
Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« Last post by The Test Card Girl on March 13, 2020, 11:01:07 PM »
might need help with that off hand. Was on a royalist site i saw many years ago. just came across the JPG when doing an inventory of my old hard drive.
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