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Re: 1913 Diary of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, transl. by Marina Petrov
« Reply #195 on: July 27, 2010, 12:02:21 AM »
Well...I don't think Princess Marina or Queen Alexandra's diaries were read either ?

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« Reply #197 on: September 16, 2010, 10:26:28 AM »
Thanks Helen ! It sounds li8ke a great book. I wonder if they plan to publish Tatiana's and Marie's later on ?

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« Reply #198 on: September 20, 2010, 11:24:42 AM »
I believe that Marie and Anastasia burned their diaries. Tatiana is a possibility, however, her handwriting is so challenging to read, that it would take years if not decades to decipher it!  :)

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« Reply #199 on: September 20, 2010, 12:58:12 PM »
Indeed, Helen. I have never seen any like it. It's almost stright up and down.

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« Reply #200 on: September 20, 2010, 01:11:21 PM »
The Little Pair indeed burned their diaries during the captivity at Tobolsk, however the volumes of 1912,1913 and 1916 (of GD Maria Nichoaleivna's diaries) survived. I hope my memory still serves me well.
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« Reply #201 on: September 20, 2010, 02:04:24 PM »
You may be right about the earlier diaries of the Little Pair having survived, but I am not sure which ones exactly... As far as I know, the Big Pair didn't keep diaries during their captivity, at least Olga didn't. Her last diary entry was in March of 1917.

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« Reply #202 on: September 20, 2010, 02:21:22 PM »
It may be too painful to write about that period. I think Tatiana's would be interesting too.

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« Reply #203 on: September 20, 2010, 03:02:10 PM »
As far as I know, none of the Anastasia's diaries survived, while three volumes of Maria's survived. OTMA wrote the letter to their relatives and friends during the captivity, including GD Tatiana.
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Re: 1913 Diary of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, transl. by Marina Petrov
« Reply #204 on: September 20, 2010, 03:32:19 PM »
The Little Pair indeed burned their diaries during the captivity at Tobolsk, however the volumes of 1912,1913 and 1916 (of GD Maria Nichoaleivna's diaries) survived. I hope my memory still serves me well.

This is correct. Nicholas mentions in his diary on 9/22 April 1918:
"We learned that the extraordinary commissar Yakovlev had arrived from Moscow...The children imagined that he would come today to perform a search, and burned all their letters, and Marie and Anastasia even burned their diaries."

As you can see, Nicholas doesn't say precisely how many diaries the younger girls disposed of. IMO, the Little Pair certainly burned their most recent diaries -- presumably 1918 and 1917. The surviving volumes that belonged to Maria may have been packed away in crates in the storage sheds, like her father's. (In Ekaterinburg, Nicholas's diaries were stored in a crate labeled "NA 13.")
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« Reply #205 on: September 20, 2010, 05:08:17 PM »
Would love to read Maria's diaries.

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Re: 1913 Diary of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, transl. by Marina Petrov
« Reply #206 on: September 20, 2010, 05:16:39 PM »
Eric, Since her letters are terrific  (imo) ...I agree with you there. Sarushka , thank you for the wonderful  info and quotes .

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« Reply #207 on: September 21, 2010, 10:17:36 AM »
I think Maria was a character that gravites people towards her. Had she lived, she would have made a good queen or princess consort.  ;)

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Re: 1913 Diary of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, transl. by Marina Petrov
« Reply #208 on: September 22, 2010, 08:10:14 AM »
Eric, Since her letters are terrific  (imo) ...I agree with you there. Sarushka , thank you for the wonderful  info and quotes .

I think the letters are more interesting then diaries, especially in the case of Imperial family. The letters show the emotions, describe the experience, but the journal entries are usually very "dry", nothing but a recount without much of inner thoughts. I´d love to see an edition of OTMAA´s letters. I would buy that no matter how high the prize would be.

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« Reply #209 on: September 22, 2010, 09:33:33 AM »
There are some of Tatiana's letters in the Louise Mountbatten book...