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News Links / Possibility of Rehabilitation closer
« on: October 01, 2008, 06:19:11 AM »
Here is  news link from MSNBC that I came across this morning. Maybe Bob or FA have more details.

Another link from the New York Times


The Alexander Palace / Alexandra's mezzanine nook...
« on: August 02, 2008, 01:05:47 PM »
I have been reading, Nicholas and Alexandra: At Home with the Last Tsar and his Family. When talking about the Maple Room, the book states...

"a mezzanine decorated with maple wood ornamental carvings, led through a hallway to the mezzanine in Nichola's formal, official study. This construction enabled the empress to be present, unobserved, during Nicholas's talks with officials and advisers. There was a nook ...where Alexandra Feodorovna would sit at her needlework or drawing. Unfortunately, the decorations of this unusual and elegant room were destroyed during the war, and our only idea of how it looked comes from photographs of that time."

I know I have read that she sat there unobserved, but for the life of me, I can't remember where I read it. Can someone validate the statement from the book? If it is true, does anyone have any pictures of what this nook looked like.

Thanks in advance for any information


For a truly laughable, laugh out loud book on the Empress, trying (that is the operative word)TRY reading Confessions of the Csarina, by, Princess Catherine Radziwill's book.


The Final Chapter / Granduchesses' Roles and Duties in Exile
« on: April 23, 2008, 06:27:49 AM »
Many threads in the Final Chapter has been dedicated to the death of the Imperial Family, or the motives of their guards,etc. However, I’m not certain if a thread has been devoted to the roles and responsibilities of the girls while in captivity. Lisa stated in the thread “Why Did they Kill the Children” that each girl was uniquely individual and had taken a few steps towards independence before their captivity.   Tatiana founded one of the world’s first refugee committee; Tatiana and Olga were nurses during the war, and Marie and Anastasia founded their own hospital.  Lisa offered further information that the girls were baking bread in Yekaterinburg, and Anastasia became the family bookkeeper in Tobolsk.  Anastasia being the bookkeeper is new information for me, so I can’t wait for Lisa to come back with more details regarding Anastasia!

So, what were the girls other responsibilities while in captivity? What roles did they play in the family circle? How did they fill their days?  Is there information from diaries, letters, secondary sources that the girls were in some small way carving out their own independent lives?



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