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Nicholas II / Re: Personal Attributes of Nicholas II
« on: April 18, 2004, 11:01:59 PM »
Well, at least they didn't complain about the paparazzi. I get amused when present-day royals have no problem to go around dressed like Adam and Eve in yatches and beaches, but later felt outraged if a daring photographer publishes their pictures. When I think of some recent cases, I certainly prefer to have a Prime Minister or a President around instead of royals.

Antonio, I've heard that in the Spanish edition of Summers & Mangold there is a chapter under the name "The Spanish friend" ("El amigo espanol") not included in the English original, about all the negotiations between King Alphonso XIII and the soviets concerning  his offer of assylum in Spain for the Tsaritsa and her daughters. Do you know something about this? Is is possible to find the book in Spain?

Thanks Mr. Kurth, I guess I should ammend my post saying it is "me" (and not "us") who doesn't know much about Franziska's life before 1920.

It was funny reading about your Brussels lover linguistic talents -but may be Franziska had more language skills than her? With due respect to your friend, may be she was not as good as Franziska may have been concerning foreign languages. But anyway, I guess there is no confirmed reference to Franziska's knowledge of English or French before 1920, not to talk about playing the piano without sheet music.

If Mrs. Tchaikovski was not Franziska nor Anastasia, you have some idea of who may she had been?

Anyway, thanks for your time and my admiration for being so loyal and devoted to Mrs. Anderson -even after her death and when most people no longer believe she was who she said.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra - Slandered and Hated
« on: April 14, 2004, 08:41:23 PM »
Contrary to some previous opinions, I think Alexander III, despite being harsh and despotic, was a competent ruler, who granted Russia peace. I think his premature death was one of the causes of Nicholas II and Alexandra's problems.  Getting to the "ifs... "" region, may be if he would have lived  20 years more, Nicholas would have had the time to get much more experience in life and ruling, just the same way Edward VII was in 1901 a much more competent ruler  than what he would have been in 1867. Also, Alexandra would had time to be much more "Russian" familiar with Russia and the Russians -and may be Alexander III would have been her defender, the same way many kings in other European courts protected her foreign daughters-in-law against their not very welcoming relatives.
Compared to some of the previous Russian rulers and their consorts, I think both Nicholas and Alexandra were far from being a nightmare. And if  Alexandra was "Russia's worst  nightmare", I wonder what should we call the regime who built the gulag system... a fairy tale dream, may be? Too bad we can't make a poll among the millions and millions of people who suffered and died thanks to such a dream.

The son, Vladimir (nicknamed "Vova"), born in 1901, died single and childless in 1974. In exile, he was granted the title of Prince Krasinski by Grand Duke Cyril, who was supposed to be his uncle. It was uncertain if Vladimir's father was Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich (murdered in Alapaevsk in 1918, along with his equerry, Grand Duchess Elizabeth and other relatives, and a nun) or Grand Duke Andrei. Mathilde seemed to believe Andrei was the father -but may be it was just easier that way for both her and the child after she married him. Anyway it was highly remarkable how Sergei tried to look after Mathilde's properties during the Revolution, and even stayed in Petrograd to do so, risking his life -and eventually being shot.

Thanks a lot Greg and Penny!!

The Imperial Family / Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« on: April 12, 2004, 09:55:30 PM »
Well, in the future some of us would be included in the '6 degrees of separation' phenomenom thanks to Anna Anderson's endless life, telling our grandchildren "I was born while she was still alive..."

The Imperial Family / Re: Exhibitions
« on: April 12, 2004, 09:38:40 PM »
any chance the Santa Fe & Newark exhibition getting to Western Europe ?

is that book by Michel Gr. a historical novel or a biography?

We don't know much about Franziska's life before 1920, do we? She may have learned some English in Berlin before jumping to the Landwehr Canal, and even some French. I have met waiters who speak 3 or 4 languages and can't even write properly their own. As far as I know, she was from a region where she may have heard Russian often -so she could have been able to understand the language, but not to speak it.

About correcting mistakes.... mistakes by whom? A few former retainers, officers and so, who had lost their country or their families, who could have been terribly confused themselves and who weren't really close to the real Anastasia for a long time?

I have always wondered why in 42 years no one seemed to be interested in a meeting of the claimant with Anna Vyrubova, the only survivor who had really shared the family life intimately. I think she would have been exceptionally qualified to say "she is" or "she isn't", not certainly aunt Irene -the claimant first choice....

The fact that Mrs. Tchaikovsky-Anderson never said  -not even once as far as I know-, "I want to see Anya", may mean something... If the claimant really "believed" she was Anastasia, that meeting would have been just a logical request. But she didn't asked for it.

Ms. Vyrubova didnt show either any special interest in the claimant -something quite peculiar for a person who was so close to the family.

Oh, I know Mrs Tchaikovsky wanted to meet the Dowager Empress... May be she or the people around thought Maria Fyodorovna, an aged women bearing such a tragedy, could become as confused the way GD Olga  was at some point, not having seen her niece in so many years and after what could have been a terrible ordeal. But probably they felt -in the 1920's or in the 1950's- that a meeting with Anna Vyrubova would have been an absolute fiasco for the claimant.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alix' ghost?
« on: April 12, 2004, 08:05:07 PM »
Considering how many of the Ruriks, Romanovs, friends and retainers died in a violent way long before 1918, I guess the whole Kremlin & Winter palace wouldn't be big enough to accomodate all those ghosts. However, what about non royal ghosts? Has anybody seen Lenin, Trotsky or Stalin lately?

Wasn't Ella accused by crowds of hiding her brother in her convent? Of course it was just a stupid lie, but for me it shows that some people believed or wanted others to believe in the alleged trip.

Well, she managed to live in a fairly comfortable style for 62 years without working, and also to be treated as "royalty" by many -including people sending her money orders she never cashed. I guess many people around the world would beg for half what she received. May be her last years were very sad, but mostly due to the way she treated people.

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Re: Ella and Sergei
« on: April 12, 2004, 07:30:43 PM »
Sergei Alexandrovich, a saint? On what grounds? Because he was murdered by a terrorist? I wonder who they would make a saint next...

Having Fun! / Re: Who's your Favorite Romanov???
« on: April 12, 2004, 07:21:28 PM »
I wouldn't say he is my favorite Romanov -but has anybody done some proper research on GD Cyril Vladimirovich ? All I've read about him seems to focus in the red flag in his palace and how he "betrayed" the Tsar, etc. I've just read his autobiography and he turned out to be a much more interesting character that I expected -and certainly not the Benedict Arnold Romanov many people think he was.

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