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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2004, 10:22:32 AM »
I found this in her book here online. To me, it is very interesting and tells a lot, because it proves that Kerensky knew that the rumors about Alexandra were not true but he used them to his advantage.

KERENSKY (with sinister emphasis): "Listen, Madame Dehn, you know too much. You have been constantly with the Empress since the beginning of the Revolution. You can, if you choose, throw quite another light on certain happenings which we have represented in a different aspect. You're DANGEROUS."


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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2004, 06:42:22 PM »
So don't you think it's interesting and sad how the revolutionaries, not only Bosheviks, fed off the hatred for the Tsarina caused by rumors, when it appears they knew they were false?

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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2004, 09:33:51 PM »
Which would mean that his memoirs will unlikely to see the light of day. That will be a great loss to history.



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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2004, 03:57:01 PM »
I believe Lili had a second child, a daughter, who lived in Maryland, in the Washington DC area.  Cannot remember her name, however
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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2006, 01:40:54 PM »
Does anyone have a birth and death year on Lili, and what became of her after she left the Crimea? Did she stay in France or move to the US? When did she die and how old?

Thanks for the info on her ethnic background, her name sounded German to me.

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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2006, 07:46:14 AM »
Annie, Lili Dehn died in Roma in 1963. From the Crimea, she went to Constantinopl, then to England and a long time lived in Poland, where her husband died.
For russian readers, a link about Julia Dehn and her daughter Mary, who is still living in the USA at the moment.

Not especially serious, but some information! I did not know that Lili was the great-grand-daghter of the famous Kutuzov!
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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2006, 07:47:55 AM »
I have to add that the family name Dehn is the one of her husband, from an old family of baltic origin.
When was Lili born?

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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2006, 01:02:34 PM »
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Does anyone have a birth and death year on Lili, and what became of her after she left the Crimea? Did she stay in France or move to the US? When did she die and how old?

Thanks for the info on her ethnic background, her name sounded German to me.

Lili lived in Caracas, Venezuela after WW2. In the 1950's she became embroiled in the Anna Anderson court cases. Peter Kurth mentions this in his wonderful biography of AA. Would be interesting to know if she kept in contact with Anna Virobova ......

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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2006, 01:05:40 PM »
PS Lili believe Anna WAS Anastasia......

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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2006, 06:19:12 PM »
Julia Alexandrovna von Dehn=Lili Dehn (Summer 1917 Finland) née Smolsky.
Her mother Catherine Leonidovna née Horvat after her divorce with Julia Alexandrovna's father married officer of cavalry Veletsky (died in 1915 during a battle). Catherine Leonidovna's mother was Marie Karlovna Horvat née Baroness Pillar von Pilhau. They all lived together with Julia's son Titi (  from French=le petit=Titi) Alexandre in Beletskovka (Ukraine) during the Revolution.

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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2006, 08:59:31 PM »
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PS Lili believe Anna WAS Anastasia......

According to the Russian language link provided by Matushka, the presumption in the above quote is incorrect.


"No. From first sight (I) don't recognize her", - said the Tsaritsa's friend, seeing the imposter. In that, Anna Anderson is not Anastasia in any way, clearheaded Lili had no doubt (and which DNA analysis confirmed after Anderson's death), ..."
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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2006, 07:34:27 PM »
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"No. From first sight (I) don't recognize her", - said the Tsaritsa's friend, seeing the imposter. In that, Anna Anderson is not Anastasia in any way, clearheaded Lili had no doubt (and which DNA analysis confirmed after Anderson's death), ..."[/color]

You should post this on the 'survivor' forum. AA supporters like to use her for evidence. I always thought that if she did recognize her, she was old (if it was the 1950's she was old) and maybe nostalgic or even senile. Also by that time she probably couldn't have recognized the real AN, who'd have been in her 50's, from the young girl she last saw in the spring of 1917. I never believed Lili really accepted AA, unless she had become delusional in her old age.

I too would like to know if she kept in contact with AV, her best friend. AV was never asked about AA and I wonder if she ever discussed it with Lili.
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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2006, 12:02:02 PM »
I don't know that Anya Vrubova was Lili's best friend. I recall passages from Lili's book which depict Anya in a decidedly unfavorable light; at times she is downright exasperated by her. However, because of their shared experiences it is not be unreasonable to think that they kept in touch in their later years.

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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2006, 07:28:57 PM »
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PS Lili believe Anna WAS Anastasia......

According to the Russian language link provided by Matushka, the presumption in the above quote is incorrect.

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"No. From first sight (I) don't recognize her", - said the Tsaritsa's friend, seeing the imposter. In that, Anna Anderson is not Anastasia in any way, clearheaded Lili had no doubt (and which DNA analysis confirmed after Anderson's death), ..."

Yes; she wrote it. She didn't recognized her at the first sight, but the quote is not complete. Lili saw AA in 1949, so you may imagine that her face was not the same of a young girl having 16 years old. If she was AN, she had 48, if not, she was much older.

I'm sorry that I can't write in Russian. But here you have the entire quote of her visit  to Untenlengenhardt in English. I do not think that a translation could change a "yes" in a "no" or vice-versa:

"...Do not bother to tell me that she had read hese things in books (...) I have recognized her, physically and intuitively through signs which do not deceive...As I was going away and turned round once more to look at her, she said : 'Good -bye, God bye' and the way she said it went straight to my heart, for it was exactly the way my Empress used to do it...

   What can I saiy after having known her? I certainly cannot be mistaken about her identity..."

  You are right. DNA said that AA was not Anastasia (I always repeat it for I don't want you accuse me of trying to fool people). But you are not right about Lili Denh's opinion on the matter.

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Re: Julia (Lili) Dehn (1885-1963), friend of Empress Alexandra
« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2006, 12:47:02 PM »
It is clear that during the time period mentioned, Lili Dehn did indeed believe that AA was Anastasia Nicholievna. I believe an earlier poster's contention was that Lili did not believe this later on. However, I have seen no evidence of this myself.