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Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« on: January 15, 2012, 08:57:52 PM »
Greetings all!

As I mentioned in my posting under “Upcoming books in 2012”, for many years now our monastery ( http://www.thehtm.org ) has been preparing to publish the collected letters of the Imperial family from captivity in an English translation.

When I say “for many years”, I mean precisely that. It's hard to believe now, but we actually began this project in 1981, thinking that it would take us just a few years to gather all the materials! Because of the many demands of our monastic life and our primary duties here at the monastery, this project has always been an “extracurricular activity” which we pursue in our “spare time”. More than once we have been forced to set this project aside for months, even years, but we have never given up on it.

And actually, the long delay has proven to be quite providential. In the intervening years so many more letters have come to light, and so many controversies and riddles concerning the Imperial Family’s death and burial have been resolved.

Several times we thought that we could wind up the project and go to print, only to have new archives open up and additional letters become available. And who would have believed back in 1981 that in ten years the USSR would be no more?!

The book which formed the original core of our project was Mr. E. E. Alferief’s Russian edition: “The Letters of the Tsar’s Family From Captivity, a review of which appears on the Alexander Palace Time Machine site. http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/books.html?sku=95

A fuller description of our projected publication (accenting the spiritual aspects of these letters) appeared in our diocesan journal in 1992. But regardless of how one views the Imperial family, these letters, as primary documents, will be of interest to a wide range of readers.
http://www.saintannas.com/Archived_Docs_HTM/TV14OnImperialLetters.pdf

(Note: If the above link does not work on Safari, try using another browser, such as Firefox.)

As a postscript to the above article, I would like to add that we now have over 450 letters written by the Imperial family during the time of their captivity. Included in that number are some of those which earlier we had requested our readers to help us find. Most of these letters were written in Russian, ten or twelve in German, several in French, and a few in English.

I see that various posters on this forum have already furnished translations of many of these letters. Sarushka, Nena, Shandroise, Lanie and others have done an admirable job. In addition to more letters, we also have been able to find the longer, unedited originals of many of the letters which already appear here on the forum.

And as I stated earlier, this new thread is meant not so much to “plug” a proposed book, as it is to request your collaboration and assistance. I am not sure how that aspect will evolve, but certainly some of you could be a great help to us in deciphering the full names of those mentioned only by their initials in countless letters. Many we have already discovered, while others still remain an enigma to us.

While working on the letters, we would also like to post some short comments throughout the forum on various topics, concerning which we may have pertinent information, based on our thirty years of research. However, we cannot permit ourselves (much as we would like) to get involved in lengthy discussions on any one topic, since that would deflect us from our primary goal of preparing the Imperial letters for publication.

In advance: thank you for your interest and assistance!
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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012, 09:13:32 PM »
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! That's a scream of delight by the way! You all are amazing for doing this! I personally don't have any of the letters mentioned in the PDF, but I'm sure quite a few of our experts here will have a couple. I wish you all the best for this enterprise!! ;D
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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012, 12:50:39 AM »
An English edition of the family's letters in captivity would be  a dream come true. Thank you!

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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 06:23:46 AM »
An English edition of the family's letters in captivity would be  a dream come true. Thank you!

I second that. I've translated everyone of them i could find on my own, but a professional work would be my delight anyway!
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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 01:02:11 PM »
And a special word of thanks from us goes to Sarushka for the detailed index which she drew up, indicating the date, author, recipient, source, and available English translation for every letter that has already appeared on this forum. It saved us a lot of work! We had been wondering how to locate all the letters posted on various parts of this forum — and then, voila!
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=12527.msg366574#msg366574

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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2012, 03:40:46 PM »
And a special word of thanks from us goes to Sarushka for the detailed index which she drew up, indicating the date, author, recipient, source, and available English translation for every letter that has already appeared on this forum. It saved us a lot of work! We had been wondering how to locate all the letters posted on various parts of this forum — and then, voila!
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=12527.msg366574#msg366574

You're very welcome. It was something I did for my own reference, all the while wondering if it would ever be of use to anyone but myself. Clearly it was worth my time!
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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012, 09:47:20 PM »
And a special word of thanks from us goes to Sarushka for the detailed index which she drew up, indicating the date, author, recipient, source, and available English translation for every letter that has already appeared on this forum. It saved us a lot of work! We had been wondering how to locate all the letters posted on various parts of this forum — and then, voila!
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=12527.msg366574#msg366574

You're very welcome. It was something I did for my own reference, all the while wondering if it would ever be of use to anyone but myself. Clearly it was worth my time!
bravo,  Sarah and thanks

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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2012, 01:59:27 PM »
The publication status of this collection of Letters from Captivity came up on the Grand Duchess Maria Nicholaevna thread, so I thought to post the link to it here too.

http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=5485.msg509589#msg509589
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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 09:26:31 PM »
Dear All,

This is just to let you know that I and some of the brethren here are transferring from our monastery in Boston to a smaller monastery in rural New York State.

Personally, I am happy to be going, — the life there is much quieter and peaceful than here, near the city.

And, hopefully, once we get settled, I will be able to work more on the Imperial letters.

However, we won't have as frequent or general access to the Internet — which is good for monks too.

Besides, most of my research has been done; now I have to concentrate on incorporating it into the current text, proofreading, etc.

The monastery here has agreed to still be the actual publisher of the work, since one of the fathers here is very knowledgeable in such matters.

I probably won't be able to access my e-mail account for a few weeks, and then not as often as before.

However, I will try to stay in touch with you all from time to time, and to keep you informed of our progress on the project.

Thank you all for all the help and support you have given us!

God bless,
Fr. Nicholas, AKA: Inok Nikolai
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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 11:10:50 PM »
Thanks for the update 'Inok' and bless you as well!

Where in New York state are you moving to if you don't mind me asking?

Best of luck with the transition and I look forward to seeing those published works at some point in the future!
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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 11:18:38 PM »
Here. Here I join edubs31 in wishing you a good move....moving closer to  nature, how marvelous!  I look forward to the book someday. A Romanov fan knows how to wait...or at least learns to! =)
 

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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2012, 08:40:21 PM »
Looking forward to hearing from you again when you're able!
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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2012, 10:08:39 PM »


Personally, I am happy to be going, — the life there is much quieter and peaceful than here, near the city.
God bless,
Fr. Nicholas, AKA: Inok Nikolai


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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2012, 11:24:08 PM »
 Remember us in your prayers. 
Glad you added that,  AP =) Indeed

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Re: Planned Publication of Collected Letters from Captivity
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2014, 02:54:52 PM »
I wonder if there have been any updates on the planned publication?
Thanks