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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #330 on: September 25, 2012, 12:25:05 PM »
For me it went something like this. Anastasia was always known in our house. My sister had to watch the live action movie for school. Later out came the cartoon. So I always felt pity for Anastasia though we always believed she had died with her family. Then later in school we got new history books and they had a picture of Anastasia in there. (the one from 1910) It was the first I'd ever seen of her. My mother remarked: "She looks like a true Princess doesn't she". Still it took a few more years for me to become very interested. I was board one day and I was thinking about the cartoon's depiction of her sisters and I began to wonder what were their names and what did they look like. So I looked up the family and the rest is history. No pun intended. I am a child of four -all girls- so the story was very inspiring to me. Also the birth years of me and my sister are close to mirroring OTMA's.
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« Reply #331 on: September 26, 2012, 01:00:50 AM »
 Hey Ed! How you doing? Thanks for the comments. I'm glad you liked my message. This is new for me never really joined a message site before wrote a few things on the internet movie database that's about it. Yeah I made sure not to bad mouth anyone here and not put any false facts down just stating why I am interested and respect the Romanovs. One of these days get over to Russia and see all their history, culture, castles cites and most importantly the Romanovs Graves. God bless the Government that they finally gave them a proper burial and ceremony after all these years. After what they did to them in 1918 the Government should reimburse their relative for life! I watched a video on youtube of a church in Moscow that had a real nice service for the Romanovs. People were crying and holding pictures of them and lighting candles. I was touched that after all these years there are still lots of people who admire and truly respect them. I'm glad the Government is finally paying their respects to them, after what happened to them the whole country should. Hell I do and I live in America!

   So anyway just wanted to say a few things and ask about your replies. First of the movie I watched was The Romanovs An Imperial Family on youtube very good film accurate in portraying the history as well as showing what kind of people they were. I don't think it was biased in any way they showed the good and bad in old Nic. Really good film I recommend it. There is a real good scene where the guards are taking criminal pictures of the family and Anna just has fun with it laughing and making faces getting her family some joy. She was such a cutie God love her I wanted to give her a big kiss and hug-not to mention take her out for dinner! Wonder if the king would have let me? I'm just working class guy probably not but hell she is a adult can make up her own mind! Come on Nick get with the times!

     Next wanted to ask why do you think old Kersney didn't try to help get them out of the country? He was concerned about them that's why he sent them to the Governors mansion. Should have gotten them out of the country not long after that. He could have done it had some soldiers who still liked them go to the train station and have guards watch until they were out of the country. Not all the soldiers hated the Romanovs. In fact some got to know them by working and talking with them over the months and had a change of heart. When Lenin took over Kers should have gotten them right out that day instead he just took care of his own ass! He should have went to Tobolsk and got them out of there. Any thoughts or answers would be appreciated.

Next why didn't more people try and up rise to take over Lenin. There was whites but they were outside the cities. Maybe if more people living in them would have uprised and fought the police along with the service away fighting the whites they could have won. Old Lenin must have paid the police and military a lot better then factory workers for them to stay so loyal to him. That's my guess "hey just being a police terrorist bullying and throwing people in jail for pathetic simple things is justified because I'm getting pay a hell of a lot more and can have some better things in life" What jackasses they were if were their mother or wife they had to arrest or torture might be a different story. Just goes to show you how pathetic and gullible people that they blatantly follow what others tell them to do! if some guard told me to execute a family with young women and a sick child. I'd be like "yeah sure" then later try and get their asses out of there! Could I have with the house so guarded and one guy probably not but I would have tried something. One guard who was there said he felt so bad about it he was like" I pitied them" You hemmoroid don't pity them help them!       

    Finally why did it take the whites so long to get there. It was only a couple days after the execution that the white got here and took over the town. If they knew they were there why didn't they work on getting there sooner they had to have known there was a chance of them being executed. Wouldn't have been nice if they caught the guards just ready to execute the Romanovs and stopped them in a nick of time. God bless the whites they could have pinned Yurovsky and his piece of crap guards up on the wall and had the royal family torture them for a few hours! Everyone would get a turn even little Alexis before the whites exterminate them! I would pay to see that laugh in their faces before they died scumbag garbage excuse for human beings "duh my boss tells me to kill  a nice family young women and a sick child because the father didn't rule the country the greatest! Okay no problem" Lenin tells you to jump you ask how high! What Yur did to the bodies after they were murdered he should have been tortured for months by as many people as possible before being burned while still alive and then be thrown down a mine shaft just like what he did to the family. Scum of the earth waste human excrement trash have more respect for a rabid sick wild dog

    So yeah when you get a chance read over my message and reply back. I know there are some things I don't know about the Romanovs that are probably not the greatest. I'm sure more on their earlier history might be some things I just know about Nick and his reign and the revolution. Sorry but I guarantee you nothing will change my mind on them getting executed. If Lenin would have took him to trial and put him away for some time like he was originally planning to do I would have not any problems even though he's still a scum. As long as the family was left alone and no one hurt them that would have worked for me. Why would you kill a family over one persons bad job of running the country the wife, girls and boy had nothing to do with that. They were good people who had a leader that didn't really know how to run the county very well. Maybe the Duma should have abdicated him way before the revolution and take over do more for the poor and get the country on the right track. The 1905 disaster should have warned them about things escalating. So yeah to me they are still good people always be in my heart. Watch a video on youtube called The Romanovs don't give up. It has scenes from the movie I mentioned along with the song really hits your heart and shows they were a decent good family who should have been saved and treated with respect. Anna when are we doing coffee! You are so beautiful and sweet give me a hug cooking you a slammin dinner!

   Take care and hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely biggest Romanov fan Dave   

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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #332 on: September 26, 2012, 10:28:06 AM »
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First off the movie I watched was The Romanovs An Imperial Family on youtube very good film accurate in portraying the history as well as showing what kind of people they were. I don't think it was biased in any way they showed the good and bad in old Nic. Really good film I recommend it.

Ah, OK. Sorry I guess I was thinking you were referring to "Nicholas & Alexandra" from 1971 based off the Massie book. Honestly I've never seen "An Imperial Family" the whole way through but bits and pieces amounting to about half of the film. I know that it really focuses on the final year to year and half of their lives and that's it. I'd say it's decent...critical opinions seem mixed. One thing that stuck out to me was the length of OTMA's hair at the end. In the film, if I remember correctly, it shows them walking to the cellar with very short hair still. In reality I believe by July of 1918 it would have grown back to about shoulder length and looked far more traditionally feminine.

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She was such a cutie God love her I wanted to give her a big kiss and hug-not to mention take her out for dinner! Wonder if the king would have let me? I'm just working class guy probably not but hell she is a adult can make up her own mind! Come on Nick get with the times!

lol, alright then. I'm sure if you had been able to time warp and save them your odds of getting a date would have improved dramatically. I wouldn't expect more than that though. You're not of royal lineage (although technically they weren't either by this time) and, furthermore, you're American born and raised in a democratic republic...of all things!

By the way it's not Nicholas you should be worrying about as much as Lady Macbeth standing next to him with her arms folded...

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Next wanted to ask why do you think old Kersney didn't try to help get them out of the country? He was concerned about them that's why he sent them to the Governors mansion. Should have gotten them out of the country not long after that. He could have done it had some soldiers who still liked them go to the train station and have guards watch until they were out of the country. Not all the soldiers hated the Romanovs. In fact some got to know them by working and talking with them over the months and had a change of heart. When Lenin took over Kers should have gotten them right out that day instead he just took care of his own ass! He should have went to Tobolsk and got them out of there. Any thoughts or answers would be appreciated.

Kerensky's concern with the Romanovs had more to do with him not wanting their blood on his hands than it had to do with any type of allegiance toward the family. He was after all a revolutionary greatly opposed to the Tsarist regime. He was not radical like the Bolsheviks however. He also probably wasn't expecting to lose control over the government which is ultimately what sealed the Romanov's fate. Had PM Lloyd Geroge and King George V excepted them into Britain as exiles the decision for Kerensky would have been made much easier.

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Next why didn't more people try and up rise to take over Lenin.

The revolution was taking place with or without Lenin. The rest of your questions requires a pretty lengthy and detailed response. In the interest of time and space I encourage you to visit the many topic threads where this has been discussed.

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Wouldn't have been nice if they caught the guards just ready to execute the Romanovs and stopped them in a nick of time.

Perhaps it wasn't meant to be. The family had a destiny.

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God bless the whites they could have pinned Yurovsky and his piece of crap guards up on the wall and had the royal family torture them for a few hours!

The White's committed their fare share of brutalities as well you know? Yes I wish they had won their struggle, but ultimately it was a case of rooting for the lesser of evils.

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Everyone would get a turn even little Alexis before the whites exterminate them! I would pay to see that laugh in their faces before they died scumbag garbage excuse for human beings "duh my boss tells me to kill  a nice family young women and a sick child because the father didn't rule the country the greatest! Okay no problem" Lenin tells you to jump you ask how high! What Yur did to the bodies after they were murdered he should have been tortured for months by as many people as possible before being burned while still alive and then be thrown down a mine shaft just like what he did to the family. Scum of the earth waste human excrement trash have more respect for a rabid sick wild dog.

Easy now! Many of us have those same basic feelings but you're going to have clean yourself up and articulate things a bit better if you want to be taken seriously on this forum. Just some friendly advice. I also recommend giving yourself over to the IF spiritually, since you're obviously very passionate about them to begin with. It might allow for some closure. Remember Dave, it was they who faced down the bullets and the bayonets and the riffle butts, not you and I. And it was they who did not hate but accepted their fate. You should as well.

By inflicting unnecessary wishes of pain and torture on those you despise you not only act in an inhumane fashion (as the killers did), but you legitimize them and their actions. I find it easier to look at Yurovsky and those guards as dubious & unwitting accomplices acting out a role that they had no real control over. In my view God had plans and it didn't matter who the thugs were to take care of the actual dirty work.

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Why would you kill a family over one persons bad job of running the country the wife, girls and boy had nothing to do with that.

As has been said they did not want a "live banner to rally around". I for one believe the argument for political expediency to be utter nonsense. It was a combination of bad people with bad intentions making live or death decision and their normal human emotions and desire for revenge getting the best of them.

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Maybe the Duma should have abdicated him way before the revolution and take over do more for the poor and get the country on the right track.

That's not how it works. Nicholas needed to learn from his mistakes and open his eyes to the rapidly changing world around him. It may or may not have been too late by 1905.

With that I'm going to stop posting on here since we are getting off topic. If you have some specific questions to ask me feel free to send me a PM...
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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #333 on: September 26, 2012, 02:42:01 PM »
OK -Thiis is very strange.

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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #334 on: September 26, 2012, 03:23:25 PM »
Indeed. Alexandra innocent wifey ? She was a major part of the problem !  Sounds rather juvenile to to me, alomg with the extreme language.
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« Reply #335 on: September 26, 2012, 03:31:49 PM »
Welcome to our board, Dave.  Your posts are interesting, to say the least.

As to why Yurovksy and his goons did that horrible crime, no doubt they would give the same reasons the Nazis would at Nuremburg:  "We were following orders."  Different time, same old excuse.
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« Reply #336 on: September 26, 2012, 07:27:46 PM »
I agree with Alixz and Robert.  This is just strange.

I'm sure I'll be lambasted for saying this, but in the Bolsheviks' minds, their actions were probably justified.  Now, I do not believe the Imperial family as individual people deserved that fate, especially the innocent children (I adore OTMA and think their deaths were indeed a horrible crime), but let's face it:  the Russian people suffered long and hard under the tsarist regime, which no one can deny was a cruel one.  But the revolutionaries viewed themselves as freedom fighters, not as "goons."  They thought they were liberating a nation from tyranny:  what gives someone divine rights over others because they possess the surname Romanov?  Nicholas and Alexandra were perhaps good people, but they were terrible leaders, and their only qualification for the job was saids surname.  After 300 years of bloodshed under Romanov rule, who can blame those oppressed by the system for their anger?  To me, violence is never the answer, regardless of who perpetrates it, but those people were reacting to their subjugation in the only way they understood.  Imagine being poor and cold, sleeping in the shadow of a palace, knowing that someone in there is rich and warm without a care in the world.  Why does one deserve to live in luxury while another lives in squalor and misery?  A working man might say, "Why should the daughters of "Nicholas the Bloody" be wrapped in furs and bedecked with jewels while my children yearn for a scrap of bread?"  That anger had brewing for centuries; it did not simply explode overnight.  No one woke up and said "I think I'll shoot poor, innocent grand duchesses today."  It was a long time coming.  Those people reacted violently because violence was all they knew.  Why would anyone not fight against an establishment so unjust?

I sincerely apologize if I've offended anyone, as that was not my intention.  I'm just trying to understand both sides here.


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« Reply #337 on: September 26, 2012, 07:54:18 PM »
Agree with most of the what you said Dru minus the following...

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their only qualification for the job was saids surname.

Well not their only qualification but I see your point. Nicholas grew up a Tsarevich and while his father did a lousy job in preparing him for his eventual responsibilities, growing up around other people of power certainly gave him better qualifications than a peasant or factory worker.

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Why does one deserve to live in luxury while another lives in squalor and misery?

Well all too often the children are both the undeserving beneficiaries and the innocent victims of their parent's successes and failures. And not that it applies to this particular situation but there are many people who live a lap of luxury because they've worked hard for it, showed diligence and had vision, and then there are those who often live in relative squalor because they were just the opposite of that.

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A working man might say, "Why should the daughters of "Nicholas the Bloody" be wrapped in furs and bedecked with jewels while my children yearn for a scrap of bread?"

And yet those same people idolized their Tsar's...so much so that they barely criticized them. Until "Bloody Sunday" it was mostly the fault of the ministers and imperial guards separating the Tsar's from their people and understanding their plight. Russians didn't seem to want their monarchs getting their hands dirty, even if only symbolically. Perhaps this explains their borderline contempt toward Alexandra's nursing and Nicholas's role as Commander in Chief at the front. Even today after 300-years of "oppressive" Romanov rule and another 73-years of the even worse Soviet reign they have resisted democratic values. They seem to love their "Tsar's" whether they been named Romanov, Stalin, Putin, etc, but then complain about the unfair distribution and ongoing class struggle. A lot of what brought about the Russian Revolution and allowed the Reds to become victorious was opportunism and luck. Before anyone had a chance to assess things and decide whether or not the whole fight was such a good idea the Bolsheviks had seized power.

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No one woke up and said "I think I'll shoot poor, innocent grand duchesses today."  It was a long time coming.

I disagree. I think there were many who were foaming at the mouths for the opportunity. Some of these were just common men placed in an awkward situation, but some were ruthless trained killers. Remember the truck that carried the bodies to Pig's Meadow and how pissed off some of the men were when it arrived having missed their chance to kill everyone and God knows what else? Yeah these were thugs, and if it hadn't been four GDs and a sick boy they would have found someone else to rape and/or butcher. The idea that killing innocents between the ages of 13-22 is never condonable no much how long a time it was coming...

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Those people reacted violently because violence was all they knew.

You're quite correct about that.

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Why would anyone not fight against an establishment so unjust?

Never mind for a minute that the establishment you speak of had been out of power and on house arrest for sixteen months. They weren't the "establishment" by July, 1918 and they never were going to be again. The excuses made about political expediency and the concern over a live banner for their opponents to rally around are nonsense. BUT if you're talking about the establishment. Why did they not simply kill the two who represented it and let the other nine go free, send away to exile, etc. Only 18% of that room represented the true establishment.

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« Reply #338 on: September 26, 2012, 08:11:43 PM »
Perhaps I went a little overboard, but I was just trying to make a point.  Never mind. 
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« Reply #339 on: September 26, 2012, 11:04:55 PM »
Hey people! How you all doing? I'm glad some of you enjoyed my messages. This is my first time trying something like this so bear with me. All of you guys know so much about the Romanovs and Russian history. I have got the basics down trying to learn more in depth stuff reading watching videos when I have the time of course do a lot of other things plus full time job it's tough. I've always liked history mostly American from the 20th century up. Maybe a little before that but not much. I think I got into the Russian Revolution and Romanovs from reading WW1 very interesting subject lot going on. I want to get over to Russia sometime see all their cities, cultures, castles very unique cultured city. Would stop by the Romanovs graves and put some roses down pay my respects. Would be nice if I could meet some of their relatives wonder if you could ask to get in touch maybe take them out for lunch-well not all of them I need spending money to! Hey it would be a nice thing to do.

    So anyway from reading and learning about the Romanovs and especially their cruel fate I actually changed some of my views on different things. I have always been against wars that don't involve my country. Why should we loose troops and others come back all messed up from war like Vietnam, Korea, hell even Irag. I always felt we should take care of our own why should we worry about bad things over seas when we have poor in our own country. Hell we lost Vietnam look how many troops were killed and messed up over that. Why were we involved with that? Yes the north were bad apples who would probably terrorize the south just like Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong. There are butchers everywhere. How do they stay in power is what I want to know. My guess is they take care of the people in the Government and the military so good that why should they try and overthrow when they are doing better then just about all of the country. Lenin must have taken care of his cheka forces so good that they stayed loyal to him.

    But yeah after seeing the Romanvos get executed I was like something should have been down for these people. I know the Tsar didn't do a good job ruling his people the poor stayed poor and he stayed rich-hey king put some of that money back in the country! But no way should he have executed with his family. Maybe there should have been some kind of special forces group go in and get them out. Sneak into Ekaternburg round up all the guards and get the family to safety. I would not have had any problem with that. There were groups who did want to rescue them but nothing ever came about it. Someone should have dome something. I would have had a problem if America and England just throw bombs all over Russia destroying their cities, land nothing is left then we have to help rebuild their country for years. No hospitals, schools, electricity, water everything is gone. Plus if we did land invasion thousands of our troops would killed. I know we did that in WW1 and 2 but that directly involved us. Plus we had to help countries there all ready taken over by the Germans. My point is maybe there other ways of helping countries without just bombing and ripping there them to sheds. If a country isn't very big and the Government is small maybe send some troops a few bombs nothing to heavy. But a big country like Russia or Irag you can't do that. If we invaded Russia we would have casualties galore and with being so big we would have to bomb the crap of out of them there goes the cities, town, land everything is gone. That isn't worth it if they never bothered us

    What is the solution? Wait I know how we could have saved Russia from Lenin! Get the B52s over to play a show for everyone. They bring so much joy and happiness with their music and live performances. All they would have to do is play Dead beat Club everyone would be holding hands hugging and smiling. The four girls can be backup singers-sweet Ana!  How can you not do that to Dead Beat Club it's such a nice, sweet, fun song, I can have the worst day of my life and when I listen to that song it all goes away in a second. Kate Pierson can invite Lenin and the Romanovs up on stage to sing along dance. At first old Lenin stays away but after a few minutes breaks down and has a good time, comes over to the family and hugs them " you guys are all right no more fighting and hating everyone is cool with everyone". Getting teary eyed sniff sniff God Bless Kate!

   I all hope you enjoyed that just having a little fun. Talking about real serious stuff just threw in a little humor if it made anyone's day a little better nicer then I did my job. You guys all seem cool. Someone told me on here not be so rough edged when talking about certain  Bolsheviks tone it a little. That's fine but it doesn't change how I feel and would call them on their atrocities any chance I get. I'm 100% on people being treated right everyone deserves decency. So yeah a little humor can go a long way. Would have been a cool show huh. As Woody Allen once said " don't you wish things could be like this in real life" 

  Anyway when you guys get a chance please let me know what you thought of this. I will certainly look at some other posts see what I can learn and talk about. As I stated before the Romanovs are all right in my books yes the old king could have done a lot more but they were a good nice family. No one deserves what happened to them. May they rest in peace. Number one Romanov fan Dave   

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« Reply #340 on: September 27, 2012, 10:15:26 AM »
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I'm sure the Nazis said the same things.  Same old excuse:  "For the greater good."  Only the names change.


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What is the solution? Wait I know how we could have saved Russia from Lenin! Get the B52s over to play a show for everyone. They bring so much joy and happiness with their music and live performances. All they would have to do is play Dead beat Club everyone would be holding hands hugging and smiling. The four girls can be backup singers-sweet Ana!  How can you not do that to Dead Beat Club it's such a nice, sweet, fun song, I can have the worst day of my life and when I listen to that song it all goes away in a second. Kate Pierson can invite Lenin and the Romanovs up on stage to sing along dance. At first old Lenin stays away but after a few minutes breaks down and has a good time, comes over to the family and hugs them " you guys are all right no more fighting and hating everyone is cool with everyone". Getting teary eyed sniff sniff God Bless Kate!


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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #341 on: October 02, 2012, 01:07:04 AM »
 Hey Tim! How you doing buddy? Thanks for the replies I'm new at this never did a message board before. Mostly just use the internet for email, looking up information maybe watch a few things on youtube don't want to become addicted on this like some people do. God I hope it never gets so bad that you have to do everything on the internet book stores, record stores are all gone do all your billing, shopping hell I'll move to Canada! I don't think it will ever get that bad-lets hope not!

   So anyway just wanted to say I'll try and be a little less rough edged on talking about certain Bolsheviks I don't care for. I don't want to upset or make people feel uncomfortable in any way. I'm not going to sugar coat my feelings either for scum like Yurovsky and his ilk. No way never not in a million years. I feel that way about any groups of people who want to wipe out certain individuals for their skin color, religion, smarts, political views. Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot they are filth to me. if you don't like someone stay away from them no one has the right to hurt others period if only it could be that easy right! Just to execute a beautiful loving family because the dad didn't do the best job running the country it's just horrible something should have been done for those people they didn't deserve that. Hell I hated President Bush think he should have been thrown out on his ass! Should he have been executed hell no!

    Just curious have you ever been to Russia? I want to go there like now. Maybe down the road saving some money it's not cheap actually want to go to Germany also big WW1 and 2 fan. I don't know why just have this fascination with Russia they are so different from other countries like England, France, Ireland. We have always competed with them over things technology, sports, military. Hell for a little we were cool with them in WW2 a common enemy always helps. That was the best thing Hitler ever did was invade Russia just think how much more machinery, troops and fighting power he would have had if he didn't. Stalin and Hitler that's what you call the lesser of two bad apples. America had to work with a butcher. Then after WW2 we were enemies for what thirty years or more. At least until communism fell apart.

    Another thing wanted to ask you what did the Government tell the people or release on the Romanov's during the later years like the 60s to the 80s. I mean what if you were family and wanted some honest answers or closer what did the Government tell you? From what I read it was a little less rough during that era then back in the Lenin Stalin times maybe not much but a little. I know when Gorbachev came to power he was the start of getting Russia with the times and making changes Glasnost all that. Always was curious how the Government handled it during the 60s up to the 80s.  If they covered up in those times lied to people never gave the family a little respect they are scums also just as bad.

   Anyway that's about it don't want to make these to long I know my last couple were try and shorten them. I'm glad you liked my little fun story on the b52s playing in Russia_is kate P a sweetie or what! All this talk on execution, monsters controlling people, torture scumbags I just wanted to throw a little light out instead of darkness. If anyone else enjoyed that it makes my day. Oh just real quick what did you think of Anastasia the movie. I just watched that very good for a family film it worked just as good for adults. The writing, songs, animation story wow I was impressed. They actually looked almost like the real characters the Tsar, Anna, her grandmother. God bless whoever made this film to create such a sweet, beautiful family oriented  fairy tale over such a dark horrible disgusting time in Russia history. I wonder what the Romanov's felt about it would be interesting to find out or just the Russian people in general. Hey I liked that's all the counts. Watch a video on youtube called the "Romanov's don't give up" good stuff really shows they were decent people loving family Maybe we can chat again sometime nice meeting you Tim.

   Sincerely number one Romanov fan and friend Dave   

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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #342 on: December 22, 2012, 05:27:55 PM »
That's a good question.  I remember when I was little buying The Last Tsar by Edward Radzinsky on Nantucket Island one summer, that was my first view of the Romanovs, I didn't know anything about them, after that book I began to read more on the Romanovs. I remember reading a huge book on the Romanovs haha. As I got older I saw a show on tv that totally got me interested and there was also my own origins, German and Eastern European, tha t made me feel very connected haha. 

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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #343 on: November 02, 2013, 07:21:20 PM »
I think my interest in the Romanovs started when I was researching some Hessian royals in a German context and noticed that their Wikipedia pages also had Russian versions. When I clicked it and discovered that Wilhelmina Luise Prinzessin von Hessen-Darmstadt (i.e. Paul I's first wife Grand Duchess Natalia Alexeievna) was rendered in Russian as принцесса Вильгельмина-Луиза Гессен-Дармштадтская (Gessen-Darmshtadtskaya - how wonderfully funny isn't that!), then it dawned on me that some of these staid royals from petty German states had quite fabolous and dramatic destinies as brides of the Romanovs and that I actually could decipher the so far inapprochable Russian language through the medium of these well-known royals. It really was the German connection of the Holstein-Gottorp-Romanovs that drew me to them.
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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #344 on: November 09, 2013, 07:24:09 PM »
Well, I got interested in Romanovs quite a while ago.Before 3 months this summer I had my most conscious dream to a level that I was aware that I was dreaming during sleep.In that dream, I had my first and probably the last encounter with then 7 unknown figures to me.
Then about 2 or 3 weeks later I watched a documentary about a certain imperial family.Shocked at first, remembering that thoes were the people I saw in my dream, I went to search on the internet about them, and my thoughts were absolute, they were Romanovs.The moment I realized it, it brought chills down my spine.But after It got into my head that the experience I had definetly wasn't paranormal, but of good and mystical nature, I calmed down.Since then, I read every single detail about each member of the family, and they almost completely matched the way they were behaving and looking in my dream.And I will never let go of them from my thoughts, not in a million years.The chronicles of that faithful dream will forever be locked in my head, never to be forgotten.