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The Imperial Family / Re: Anybody alive NOW whohas  met the IF?
« on: April 05, 2006, 07:55:37 PM »
I do not know anyone who has ever met a Romanov.  On the other hand, I have an interesting story about actually meeting someone connected with Revolutionary Russia.  Many, many years ago (I am embarrassed to say how many) when I was a student and working at Columbia University in New York City, I met a tiny little old woman who must have been at least seventy or eighty at the time.  She would come daily to Columbia's School of International Affairs (where I worked) and record her  memoirs for the Russian Institute's Oral History Project.  Her name was Ksenia Denikin, and she was the widow of the famous White Army General Anton Denikin.   I  read that the bodies of Anton and Ksenia Denikin have recently been exhumed from their original burial place in New Jersey and reburied on Russian soil.

Also, if you are into the "six degrees of separation" theory, I can trace three people back to Lenin.  I knew an old man who was a friend of Armand Hammer.  Hammer  did business with Lenin after the revolution.  Although there is no indication that Lenin ever met any Romanovs or even Kerensky, there must have been a few people who had met both Lenin and a Romanov.  We know that Trotsky, for example, met with Anna.    

Anyway, these are my stories, for what they are worth.

Perhaps this topic has already been discussed, but I haven't been able to find it.

I know that Alexander III proclaimed that great-grandchildren of a Tsar could no longer be addressed as Grand Dukes or Grand Duchesses, only as Princes or Princesses.  But weren't Xenia and Sandro's six boys and Irena the grandchildren of Alexander III?  Why were they Princes and Princess instead of Grand Dukes and Grand Duchess?  Is it because only their mother (and not their father) was the child of a Tsar?

My copy arrived from Amazon last week, and I began it this weekend.  It is a well-written and informative work on all things concerning the court of Nicholas and Alexandra, including what life was like for non-royalty in early 20th century Russia.  I found the information on the servants and members of the suite fascinating.  It is a pleasure to add this book to my personal Romanov library.

Has anyone read Three Lives For The Czar by Stephanie Plowman? I just found it in my school library. Its a fictional book told through a young man and the main characters are Alix, Nicky, and Olga. Though TMA are mentioned a lot. What I have flipped through seems accurate. It only goes through 1917 I think.  :-/ I've never heard of it before and its quite interesting!

I read "Three Lives for the Czar" about 20 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.  On the other hand, I am not sure how I would feel about the book if I re-read it today.  But, by all means, give it a try.  Even though the book is pure fiction, I think you might like it.  

The Final Chapter / Ipatiev House Used in Soviet Films
« on: March 29, 2006, 08:09:45 PM »
I have noticed in several  television programs about the murders of the I.F. (footage taken from early soviet-era films) that the setting actually seems to be the Ipatiev House, especially the dining room and the back staircase.   Were these films made while the house was a museum or were the sets built to represent the rooms?  The first thing that caught my eye was the rather unique light fixture over the dining room table.  Does anyone know anything about this?


The Alexander Palace / Re: bedrooms
« on: March 20, 2006, 06:24:10 PM »
I am still confused about the dark "mobile" hanging from the light fixture in the older grand duchesses' bedroom.  Was it actually a designed piece of art, or was it perhaps the wing of a large bird?  In any case, I assume it was a good luck symbol.  Does anyone have any further information on this object?  Were there similar mobiles in any other rooms of the palace?

Regarding the postings of Louis_Charles and Marlene, first of all I have to say that I, too, have a Master's in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and I, too, remember Katz's book well.  How thrilling to have been taught by him!

As for reading unreliable books, I have to admit that there was a time when I read everything I could get my hands on about the Romanovs.  Some of these books I am embarrassed to say almost bordered on the romance novel.  Now, however, I limit myself to more scholarly works.  There are many, many excellent books out there - most of which have already been mentioned in other posts.  

In closing, I have to give my librarian's spiel: read everything but know how to recognize unreliable information.  (Of course, that is not always so easy to do.)


I have owned my copy of "Before the Revolution" for many years.  While it is true that the book is less about the I.F. and more about ordinary Russians, I still count it as one of my favorites since it gives the reader a real "feel" for what life was like in that far away and lost world.  The photographs are of all classes of Russians -- from the Romanovs and the upper classes to the poorest peasants.  It may not be the best of the best, but I think "Before the Revolution" is worth adding to everyone's Romanov book collection.  

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Romanov Items/Souvenirs that You Own
« on: February 28, 2006, 05:22:51 PM »
Dear Decadence:

I am afraid that my few Romanov items seem minor compared to your beautiful things.  Hopefully, I will be able to acquire more I.F. memorabilia in the future.  You have a wonderful collection!

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Romanov Items/Souvenirs that You Own
« on: February 27, 2006, 05:31:31 PM »
Here are a couple of photographs that show my limited collection of Romanov items (not counting the hundreds of books about the Romanovs I own).  One picture is of  the two icons, one of Nicholas and the other of the family,  that I purchased in Russia last summer.  The other picture shows my pride and joy, an original 1896 coronation cup.  The photograph of the family in this picture is not old but it was purchased at the Alexander Palace.  The nesting doll, also purchased in Russia, contains other Russian rulers as well as Nicholas.

The Alexander Palace / House Located Near Alexander Palace
« on: February 16, 2006, 05:12:11 PM »
I was wondering if anyone who is familiar with the Alexander Palace and surrounding buildings might be able to help me identify this house.  I snapped the picture in July as we were driving away from the Alexander Palace, but I do not know anything about it. If I remember correctly, it is located across the street from the gates to the A.P.  I have ruled out it's being Anna's house, and in fact am not sure if the building is even pre-revolutionary.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.

Forum Announcements / Re: My honor to Laura Mabee
« on: February 15, 2006, 05:35:46 PM »
I must add my thanks to Laura.  When I didn't have a clue on how to post my photographs taken at the Alexander Palace in July, she was kind enough to post them for me after having me email the pictures to her. I can not thank her enough.  I have since figured out how to post pictures but at the time the whole process was a big mystery to me.  

Laura, thank you.

The Yussupovs / Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« on: February 09, 2006, 05:58:41 PM »
I realize that this probably isn't the place for this post.  And I apologize if it doesn't work out as this will be the first time that I have attempted to post pictures via photobucket.  Also, forgive the poor quality of a couple of the photos.  

The pictures were taken in July when I visited the Yussupov Palace.  Here goes.

Forum Announcements / Re: Berlin
« on: February 07, 2006, 04:28:08 PM »
You will love Berlin!  Yes, the Pergamon Museum and Pottsdam are a must.  Also, you should visit the Egyptian Museum and the Charlottenburg Palace, as well as walk down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate.  Also, check out the Kufurstendam, which is an exciting avenue.  We were there in 1990, right after the wall came down, and we were able to chip away and actually bring home bits and pieces of the wall.  Exciting.  Have a great trip.

Having Fun! / Re: Why are we so fascinated by the Romanovs?
« on: January 11, 2006, 06:28:26 PM »
I am in agreement with you.  From our vantage point of knowing what the I.F.'s  future was to be, it is often painful to read the diary entries and letters of Nicholas and Alexandra.  The reader wants to shout, "No, don't do that!"  I love the Romanovs, but I do not think they were any better or worse than we are.  They were human.  And, yes, they made major errors.  (But not the children.)

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