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Offline Georgiy

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Letters from Tatiana
« on: October 23, 2005, 02:52:20 AM »
I thought I would quote here part of a letter that Tatiana wrote from Tobolsk to Valentina Tschebotariova, who was the nurse at the Palace Hospital that was very close to Olga and Tatiana, but especially Tatiana. The letter is in "Russia My Native Land" by Gregory Tschebotarioff:

May 1/14 1918
...How did you spend the Easter holidays? They were sad for us since we were without Father and Mother. You have probably already heard they were taken away from us. It was so sad to seperate ourselves from them. You are sure to understand. Maria went with them and we stayed with my brother, who is sick. Of course we were not told where to and for what purpose they were being taken - neither did they know anything. Almost a week after their departure we learned that they had arrived at Ekaterinburg. We receive letters from them. It is such a joy for us - Mother's heart is hurting very much as a consequence of the awful road to Tyumen - they had to travel over 200 versts by horses along a horrible road. They spent nights in villages. Now they live in three rooms. Before their windows is a huge fence, so one sees only the top of a Church. We are now expecting to leave shortly, as soon as brother fully recovers....

It is a pity the author did not quote the letter in full, or from many of the other letters in his possession: ninety-six in total, 22 from the Empress, 32 from Olga and 42 from Tatiana. Altogether there were 7 from their imprisonment at Tsarskoe Selo, and a further 11 from Tobolsk.

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2005, 08:08:22 AM »
Thanks Georgy, I was very glad, as I could not yet buy this book!
Interesting is that, if my memory is good, Valentina Ivanovna was already dead in may 1918, isn't it? I read she died in april 1918, 3 months before her young "friend" Tatiana...

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2005, 08:59:04 AM »
Thank you, Georgiy!

I have 3 earlier letters from Tatiana to Tschebotariova, from a book called Pered Rasstreleom. Their dates are:
29 Nov 1917
9 Dec 1917
8 Jan 1918

They're in Russian, and I haven't translated them yet, but I can post or PM for you either the scans from the book, or transliterations.
:-*
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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2005, 06:01:13 AM »
Sarushka, it would be wonderful for me too!! I have some other letters of 1915 and 1916, more exactly, extracts of them. They are from Alexandra Feodorovna and her daughters.

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2005, 10:03:59 AM »
I've PMed both of you
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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2005, 08:26:17 AM »
Holy cow, Helene!

I feel like I've discovered a gold mine!
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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2005, 10:00:00 AM »
Lol, so good search, I hope you will discover many big nuggets  :)

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2005, 10:48:40 AM »
All the letters of the Romanovs are interesting, but particularly their last letters because they give us insight into them in the last days of their life. I have think that the Romanov's letters are better source for understanding them, and knowing who they really were, than their diaries. Their letters offer intimate glimpses of them, whereas their diaries do not so much, unfortunatlly. The letters are often very interesting reading.

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2005, 02:49:54 PM »
Here are a couple of Tatiana's letters (taken from Divniy Svet - a book about Empress Alexandra):

1916
Christmas
My priceless, dear Mama.
I pray that God helps you now in this awful, difficult time. May He bless and protect you from all evil. I believe the soul of our beloved Friend is always with us and that he prays for you, my sweet angel Mama.
With affectionate kisses from your loving daughter,
Tatiana.



New Year 1917
My sweetest Mama,
I hope the Lord God blesses this New Year and that it will be a happier one than last year. And that, perhaps, there will be peace and an end to this nightmarish war. And I hope, my dear, that you will feel better yourself.
1000 kisses my precious angel from your loving and faithful daughter,
Tatiana.

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2005, 03:04:42 PM »
I liked this book, I know the author. She is... an american orthodox nun, who live in Moscow and had a great veneration for the family...
It was just a remark "en passant"!

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2005, 05:57:41 PM »
And of course, you can find more on this site!!

Sofi ;D ;)

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2005, 07:58:30 PM »
Most of the letters in this book, I haven't seen before in English.

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2005, 04:25:36 PM »
In russian only, the entire letter of Tatiana. As Georgy said, Grigory Chebotarev only quote it. I forgot I read it some months ago at the following adress:


http://www.tzar.orthodoxy.ru/n2/pism/8.htm#5

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Re: Letters from Tatiana
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2005, 11:40:33 PM »
It is a shame not all of the letter is quoted.  It's very sad though to read about their temporary parting from thier parents and Maria, one can only imagine, especially in a family so close, how scary and distressing that must have been.
Head & heart - Those are a young girls holy secrets-Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna