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Olga Nicholaievna / Re: L'Olga (French pastry)
« Last post by VonHoldinghausen on Yesterday at 04:23:28 AM »
How interesting. Thank you :)
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The Final Chapter / Re: Were OTMA carriers of Hemophilia?
« Last post by Marie-Catherine on May 24, 2020, 10:25:23 PM »
I should try to find the source of this, but beside this scientific evidence, it is said to be Maria probably had the gene - I really need to find the primary source on this, but it was said that Maria bled a lot more than most when she had a surgery (tonsils removal? My memory isn't great at the moment), so it was assumed she may have had the gene.
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Olga Nicholaievna / Re: L'Olga (French pastry)
« Last post by Marie-Catherine on May 24, 2020, 10:18:42 PM »
Thank you so much, I love food history :) May try to bake it as well.
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Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Locking Trina's Maid in Water-Closet
« Last post by Marie-Catherine on May 24, 2020, 10:11:56 PM »
Woah such an exciting search ! I definitely miss researching now that I'm done with university. What are you searching this for ? Please do let us know if you go to the Library of Congress, I'm excited to read this piece :) !
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Portrait of the Daughters of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna and the Edinburgh Palais in Coburg

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.com/2020/05/lost-portrait-of-queen-victorias.html

Joanna
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Prince Paul in the old royal palace which was in the city center of Belgrade:

http://beobuild.rs/forum/download/file.php?id=95569

The stairs were unfortunately destroyed during WWII bombing.
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Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II and Anti-Semitism.
« Last post by slhouette on May 18, 2020, 08:46:28 PM »
Oh, I forget if these have been mentioned back in this thread, but I was recently reading some of the Sokolov depositions and found some interesting bits that are really incriminating to how Nicholas felt about Jews post-revolution:

From Kaudia Bitner: "I don't think [Nicholas] knew the people. He had this attitude towards the people: kind, good, soft people. He was confused by the skinny [?] people in this revolution. Its rulers are "the Jews". But this is all temporary. It'll all pass. The people will come to their senses and there will be order again." This is my own translation so I'm not sure what she meant by "skinny."

From Alexandra Tegleva: " I know the views of the Princesses on the revolution. They, of course, expressed the views of their parents. They said that it was a product of Germany, which acted for the collapse of Russia through the Bolshevik leaders, mainly Jews."

These depositions are up online in Russian. Here's a link to Tegleva's since it's already right in front of me: https://runivers.ru/doc/d2.php?SECTION_ID=6596&CENTER_ELEMENT_ID=150758&PORTAL_ID=6600
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Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II and Anti-Semitism.
« Last post by slhouette on May 18, 2020, 08:34:29 PM »
I know this! It's buried somewhere in "The Great War and February Revolution 1914-1917." It's separated into 3 books so it's a lot. It's online in Russian at this link: http://militera.lib.ru/memo/russian/spiridovich_ai/index.html

It's interesting but extremely biased. I'd be interested to know what your thesis is - I really hope it's not Nicholas II apologia :-( This particular forum discussion took place many years ago, but it's helped me in my own research in the specific subject. In my opinion, it doesn't matter if Nicholas felt particularly wrathful towards Jews; just the fact that he didn't actively and forcefully advocate for an oppressed people, such as disbanding the Pale/similar restrictions, or dispersing the Black Hundreds, is inherently antisemitic. It's kind of useless to make a systematic issue so deeply personal by debating in circles on Nicholas' personal view/feelings. If Nicholas chose to defend/benefit a government system that upholds antisemitism, he was antisemitic. :-( !!!!
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The Hohenzollern / Re: Film of Wilhelm II & Ella
« Last post by Helen on May 15, 2020, 11:10:58 AM »
In the "Host of White Duchesses" documentary on FrozenTears - http://www.frozentears.org/Sasha/Spikes/White.Duchesses.01.m4v

Part 1 - 23:30-23:50

Is that Wilhelm on Ella? At first I thought it was Alix but how he is doting on her makes me think it must be Ella. Grin

If anyone watches it who speaks Russian could you tell what it says right in that part please?

The narrator is simply reading the entries from Tsar Nicholas' diary and letters concerning Wilhelm's visit.

My command of the Russian language is not good enough to understand the text, so I hope the following makes sense.

To the footage at 23:00-23:25:
On 26 September, 1903 (O.S.), during his stay in Darmstadt, Tsar Nicholas wrote in his diary that “a very beautiful carousel took place in the manege” of the Hessian Dragoon Regiment of which he was the regimental proprietor.

To the footage at 23:30-23:45:
Nicholas visited his Dragoon Regiment again on October 14, 1903 (O.S.). Manfred Knodt’s biography of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse includes a picture of a Reiterfest of the Tsar's Hessian Dragoons in their barracks area. The photo shows a setting very similar to the one seen in the footage at 23:30-23:50. According to its caption, Empress Alexandra , Princess Irene of Prussia and Princess Alice of Greece attended the event. Ella was not mentioned, as she and Sergei had already left Darmstadt. Kaiser Wilhelm wasn't present either. The gentleman ‘doting’ on Alexandra probably was not Kaiser Wilhelm but may have been the regimental commander, Lt. Col. Werner Freiherr von Waldenfels; neither the footage nor the picture is clear enough to establish the identity of the gentleman.
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The Windsors / Princess Margaret quote source
« Last post by slhouette on May 14, 2020, 11:50:32 PM »
Does anyone know of an academic/reputable source, like a book I could find at a library, an interview, etc, for a quote by Princess Margaret: "I have as much privacy as a goldfish in a bowl." I'm not familiar at all on British royals so I don't know where to start at all looking for a reference to that quote.
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