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Transcript of Alexei's Kaput letter to Koyla
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:00:49 AM »
Does anyone have a transcript or Alexei's letter to Koyla found in Yekaterinberg with the extraordinary closing of "KAPUT"?

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Re: Transcript of Alexei's Kaput letter to Koyla
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2015, 09:21:31 AM »
Ekaterinburg

Dear Kolia

All the sisters send greetings to you, mother and
grandmother. I feel well myself. My head was aching
all day, but now the pain has gone completely. I
embrace you warmly. Greetings to Botkins from all of
us.

Always yours

Alexei

The end.

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Re: Transcript of Alexei's Kaput letter to Koyla
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2015, 04:58:47 AM »
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Re: Transcript of Alexei's Kaput letter to Koyla
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2015, 06:26:27 AM »
And here's the photo:


And here is one bigger, just click on it:


But interesting, 'the end' in the letter somehow indicates the near end. It was the last letter he ever wrote. I had never read any other letter that Heir ended with 'the end' (Russian - konets).
« Last Edit: February 08, 2015, 06:29:07 AM by nena »
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Re: Transcript of Alexei's Kaput letter to Koyla
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2015, 11:26:33 AM »
Did he actually say "Kaput"?
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Re: Transcript of Alexei's Kaput letter to Koyla
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2015, 11:32:16 AM »
No, he wrote the Russian word "Konyets" which is "the end".  It sort of looks like "Kaput", but isn't.


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Re: Transcript of Alexei's Kaput letter to Koyla
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2015, 04:26:48 PM »
That makes a lot more sense.
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Re: Transcript of Alexei's Kaput letter to Koyla
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2015, 05:43:11 AM »
And at the end of the last word of the heir of the vanishing empire, an ancien-régime feature:

Alexey shows himself as a strong speller, remembering to put the hard sign ъ at the end of конецъ, as prescribed by the pre-Revolutionary spelling (reformed by the Soviets), by which all words ending in a hard consonant had to be written with a final ъ. Since 1918 only words ending in a soft (palatalized) consonant, like цaрь (tsar') are marked (with the soft sign ь).
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