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US Amazon doesn't have this book yet. Do you know when it may be purchased through that site? Does Amazon UK deliver to US residents? I want this book so bad. I believe it is a book that will have a truly important place among those that study the family of Nicholas II. This book doesn't rehash the same old stories of past books, theories, etc. It is all fresh -- and TRUE. It is Alexandra's own words. I know I have told you this about 1,000 times already Helen, but THANK YOU for all your hard work.

The German Amazon site will sell this title soon, and I hope that the British Amazon site will follow.  The Van Hoogstraten bookstore in The Hague has an order process in English and is already accepting online orders:  And Paul Gilbert-Bookseller, Canada, may also be interested in adding it to his selection.

I hope Paul does sell it. Helen, I am so, so happy that this is a reality. I know I said this before, but I am just thrilled. Congratulations again. Your book will be a real contribution to Romanov History. Thank you for your years of research. It has paid off.

I am so, so excited that this book is finally a reality! I now know the #1 wish on my list this Christmas!

Thanks Helen! :-)

Helen pretty much summed it up regarding GARF. I went to Russia twice to research and work out a copyright deal, and it was NOT easy. I did all of this at 24 and 25, when I was still in grad school and at one point was even studying abroad. I just refused to give up, and in the end it was worth it. However, I think my trips to Russia will be strictly for pleasure from now on. I have accomplished what I set out to do 5 years ago. :-)

Good news! I still have to read Olga's 1913 diary, but it's great to see that more is coming!  :)

You can purchase the 1913 diary here I have been very happy with the number of people who have shown an interest in it.

Will each year be released individually or will the 1914-1917 diaries be published as one volume?

I had the entire 1913 diary published a few years ago. It is still available at

This second book is one book that includes selected diary entries from 1913-1917. I hope that helps!

Will there be new unreleased pics along with this book?

No, the pictures are coming from the Yale collection. What is new are many, many of the diary entries. That is what Helen and I focused on.

Thanks for your interest.

Like others, I want to greatly  thank Raegan Baker and Marina Petrov for Olga 's 1913 diary and look forward to more!

Thanks so much!!! I appreciate it. An announcement about the next book will hopefully be made in early 2010.

If we are able to read Olga's 1914 diary, we might find out something, I am sure. There is only Nicholas' quote from that book. I'll see better, if I find something, I'll post.  ;-)

I have Olga's 1914 diary, so I will look into this issue a little more. :-)

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Madame Becker's Visit
« on: April 15, 2009, 03:34:30 PM »
But it's true Alexandra and Nicholas wouldn't even use morphine for Alexei's hemophilia attacks, which were undoubtedly more painful than menstrual cramps, so if they didn't let Alexei use it for fear of dependence, I'd doubt they'd let the girls use it for cramps and using alcohol is doubtful too.

Actually, Olga wrote in her diary on January 30, 1917 that Alexei was injected with 1/2 syringe of morphine.

Al. got a shot of a ½ syringe of morphine, and he is sleeping since 6.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia's letters and notes
« on: March 05, 2009, 09:37:32 AM »
From one of my earlier post in the Maria section of the forum:

I want to quickly jump in here and share a little insight into the note passing issue.

A century ago, it wasn't unheard of for family members to pass notes to each other when under the same roof. Alexandra didn't do anything unusual by writing notes to her daughters. This practice wasn't limited to mother and daughters either. In fact, the entire family passed notes. For example, Anastasia wrote notes to Tatiana and Nicholas wrote notes to Alexandra, etc. This is one of the very first things a person notices in the archives. I think that because A Lifelong Passion included mostly Alix/OTMA notes and almost no others, it has given some people the wrong impression. There is one example, however, of a note Nicholas passed to Alexandra when they were both home at the Alexander Palace. You can see this example on page 166.

Nicky to Alix -- November [no date] -- Tsarkeo Selo

Come to me for a moment, I want to show you several beautiful things. Let me kiss your enchanting little face.

I love, love you madly.

Also, I have to check through my massive collection from GARF, but I believe I have a note Olga wrote Tatiana in 1913. If so, I will post it here when I get around to it.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Pleurisy
« on: March 04, 2009, 12:35:02 PM »
DId Olya manage to write this illness on her diaries?

I have Olga's 1917 diary in front of me right now, and I don't see any mention of this. She does write about having an earache before coming down with the measles, though. Also, she wrote of the day's events on February 22, and then didn't write again until March 15.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia's letters and notes
« on: March 03, 2009, 02:24:48 PM »
She's such a sweet sister. Is it possible there are such letters of Nastaska to OM available online?

All the letters/notes I have that were written by OTMA to each other are ones that I copied at GARF, not ones that I found online.

Thanks for this,Raegan!

You're welcome!

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia's letters and notes
« on: March 02, 2009, 12:55:08 PM »
One of my earlier post in the Tatiana section:

I think this is probably an appropriate thread to post some letters written to Tatiana. Awhile ago it was discussed on the forum how the entire family wrote notes/letters to each other even when under the same roof. Here are some examples of the letters OTMA wrote to each other. These two letters were written by Anastasia to Tatiana. The first one was penned in 1914 and reads, “My Dear Tatiana, Thank you greatly for your letter, I was very happy to receive it.” The second one doesn’t have a date, “Dear Tatiana, I wish you the best. Sleep well. I hope that you will have fun during Easter.” Again, these were written by Anastasia to Tatiana.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Nicholas I & Alexandra
« on: January 13, 2009, 08:23:33 AM »
Here is the link...

Sadly, it is out of stock.

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