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Russian Noble Families / Russian Social Season????????
« on: November 07, 2004, 12:46:45 AM »
Hey everyone,

I just have a quick question, I have read often of the 'social-season' in St Petersburg, and was wondering what time (generally speaking obviously) it was.  I know that modern social seasons go from New Years to Christmas, but I'm guessing that in St Petersburg, with the Summers spent in Crimea and certain religious festivals, which could have prohibted parties, it was more specific...

Any comments would be helpful,

The Final Chapter / Fortress of St Peter and Paul, their final wishes?
« on: November 03, 2004, 01:01:16 AM »
I know that tradition dictated that the Imperial family be buried at the fortress of P&P, but I read somewhere (possibly in Nicholas and Alexandra) that due to the state of the royal tombs at P&P, which were prone to flooding and rats, that the Imperial Family had decided not to be buried there.  Can someone shed any light on the issue??

Nicholas II / Nicholas II and Anti-Semitism.
« on: November 01, 2004, 07:10:15 AM »
It saddens me to learn Nicholas II was such an anti-semitic :(.  I understand the history of Russia's policies on Jews, and the pograms that took place during his reign. However I always viewed Nicholas, from the mass of information avaliable, that he was such a virtuous kind man, therefor it saddens me to learn of examples where he showed such hate towards the jewish... from 'The Fate of the Romanovs' -

:-[ "Nicholas II inherited both his fathers personal anti-semitism and his public anti-semitic policies.  He firmly believed in a worldwide Jewish conspiracy against the Russian empire in general and himself in particular.  He once denied an orchestra permission to perform in Yalta on the excuse that it contained jewish musicians; on another occasion, learning that the widow of a Jewish doctor in Yalta had been evicted from her home and applied for permission to return, Nicholas dismissed her request by writting 'there are too many Yids already'.  The systematic pograms of Nicholas II's reign were far more vicious than anything witnessed under Alexander III".

This all troubles me and whilst i'd like to think of myself as a realistic romanov fan - delighting more in the normality of this extraordinary family, unlike some people, I'd really like it if someone could provide an excuse for Nicky's behavior or a contradiction - Im desperate!!! :-/ :-[ :(

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