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Offline Sarai

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What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« on: February 12, 2004, 10:08:38 AM »
I was wondering what originally got everyone here interested in the Romanovs (specifically, I mean in Nicholas II's family) and what has inspired you to maintain that interest? For me, I first became acquainted with their story in 1992 as a thirteen year old girl when I saw an article about them in ┬íHola! magazine (the Spanish equivalent to Britain's "Hello!" magazine). There were several pictures of the children and I was especially captured by the beauty of the little girls in their 1906 picture that shows headshots of the four sisters in a row. A caption below  said that those lovely little girls would eventually be murdered, and I couldn't believe that such beauty and innocence could be so mercilessly obliterated. I started researching more about their story and the more I found the more I was interested, especially in finding family photographs like those found in the wonderful "family album" books that came out in the 1990's, such as "The Romanovs: Love, Power, and Tragedy" and Prince Michael's "Nicholas and Alexandra: The Family Albums."

The more I read about this family, the more human they became to me and I felt as if I almost knew them personally after having read so much about them. I could actually relate to them as fellow human beings and not as inaccessible royals. I could personally relate to Alexandra's shyness and being misunderstood for it, her love and devotion for her family above everyone and everything else, etc. To me, this family was not just some abstract and arrogant royal family you would just read about in a history book but never be able to relate to, but real people with compassion, charity, innocence, love, and overall good hearts. I like the fact that they were so different than other royals, that they were involved more in their quiet family life than in socializing and politics (although, of course, this was a great detriment for them as rulers), that they cared about their more humble subjects, and how they maintained  tremendous dignity and patience in their last days. They seemed more like ordinary people than great rulers, despite their incredible wealth and prestigious bloodlines. Even when stripped of their ranks and wealth, they could have lived happily just as well among ordinary middle class persons, as that was in their humble souls. I remember seeing pictures of the Grand Duchesses as adolescents kneeling in the dirt with and holding peasant children, and I thought that perfectly captured their essence and made them seem all the more real, as I couldn't imagine many princesses of royal blood dirtying their clothes with mud and dirt to hug poor and dirty little peasants, and even taking care to record their names and put their photos in their albums. They seemed like people we could all be friends with today if we had the chance.

Finally, something to consider as a final thought is would we be nearly half as interested in their story if they had not met such a tragic end? If they were just any other royals who lived out their lives in peace and comfort, I don't think they would have such a following, even if their lives had turned out to be interesting. Knowing their fate is what makes their story that much more compelling, even though of course I wish they could have been spared of that terrible end and not perhaps had such a fascinating story as a result.

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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2004, 06:18:57 PM »
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Ever since I was a small child, I remember my grandfather and my mother talking about our "family" and it always seemed to me that I should be the one to finalize the family of Romanov. By that I mean that I have been working on our family and its history for some 24+ years. I am a Romanov, and proud! So to finalize.....any of you out there who think there are no direct decendents.....here I am! :)
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2004, 08:42:11 PM »
Found a little book in the library at age 13 in boarding school "The secret life of the ill-fated Tsar". Was fascinated by it and read it over and over many many times. When I saw the pictures later, I could not believe them, as if I knew these people all along... After I finished school I dived into the sea of information about life at the palace. More than the Romanovs themselves, it is the protocol of the palace that fascinates me.

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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2004, 03:37:06 AM »
I remember watching a film about Anna Anderson when I was 10 (not the film starring Ingrid Bergman . .  I believe the film that I watched was a mini-series). That's how I became interested in the Romanovs. I have always been fascinated. All aspects of Imperial Russia interest me, the palaces, the Romanovs themselves, protocol, historical events, etc.

Do you know that I found, when searching for photographs of the Alexander Palace in Google yesterday, a Sims version of the Alexander Palace? Quite well done, too. I don't play the Sims but I can appreciate the work that must've gone into it.

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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2004, 03:54:59 AM »
The Romanovs have won many hearts and i am also one of the individuals who has felt the magnitude of the tradegy of their deaths.  Then their is the mystery attached to their deaths.  I first got interested in the Romanovs when i watched Nicholas and Alexandra and a mini series on Anastasia.  I also watched a few documentaries on History Channel.  Ever since then i have not been able to put them out of my mind.  Their lives have also been extraordinary and that continues to increase my interest in the Romanovs.  And ofcourse this forum and this website has provided me with so much information.  
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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2004, 07:51:06 PM »
First, I want to say how wonderful this website and forum is!  I'm so happy to have found it!  :D

I became interested in the Romanov tragedy after seeing a piece on Unsolved Mysteries years ago.  I believe they were speculating about Anastasia and whether or not she had survived, etc.  I was young at the time and had not heard of the Romanovs but this definitely got my attention.  From there on out, I've looked up information on my own and read several books.  

However, to be honest, I was pushed into doing more personal research after the Fox animated "Anastasia" was released (very cute for a cartoon).  I found it to be an interesting way to introduce children to history (though the movie wasn't exactly historically accurate).  Since its release, the Romanov dynasty has captivated me.  I am almost finished reading "The Flight of the Romanovs" which has encouraged me to delve deeper into their history.  The book has also shown me that we need more information on the other Romanovs.  If there are books on Nikolasha, I'm not aware of any.

Sorry to be long winded in my first post but there is so much more I could say!  
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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2004, 06:24:47 AM »
Hi all,

I'm 21 now, but I first became interested in the family when I was 14 - and under rather unconventional circumstances.  You see, I first got interested in the family due to what I was learning about hemophilia in my 9th grade Honors Biology class.  I had always been interested in royalty (particularly British royalty, due in part to my crush on Prince William), so I had a  rudimentary knowledge of the last Romanov family.  Anyhow, at a dinner party with family friends one night, I was asked what I was learning in school.  When I said that I was learning about hemophilia in school, and that I loved history, I was asked if I knew much about the Romanovs.  I replied no - and to that, I was given a copy of Massie's book.  After that, I was hooked.  I've always been drawn to the humanity of people living in somewhat extraordinary circumstances, and the Romanovs more or less encompass everything I find interesting about history.  As lame as this sounds, they've become almost like family to me.

Over $1,000 worth of books and tapes later, the rest is history.  LOL.

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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2004, 03:27:04 PM »
In my Geography class we are starting an extensive unit on the Romanovs.  My teacher passed around the "Romanov Family Albums" book and it just amazed me!  So now I am here....

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2004, 07:44:32 PM »
 ;)The Disney movie Anastasia got me interested in the Romanovs. :) :D ;D >:( :( :o 8) ??? ::) :P :-[ :-X  :-/ :-* :'(

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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2004, 07:02:31 PM »
This is so amazing, reading all these testimonials about why everyone is interested in the Romanovs! I am the only person I knew up to this point who was deeply interested in that family, and everyone who knows me thinks it's so weird!
I became interested in the Romanov family in a very strange way too.... When I was a kid I used to love to read the Anastasia Krupnik book series by Lois Lowry. This particular Anastasia had nothing to do with the Romanovs of course, but in one of the books, the heroine asks her parents why on earth they named her Anastasia, since she constantly gets made fun of by kids in school, who had all kinds of nicknames for her, such as "Anesthesia" and "Anaconda".  Her parents explained to her that before she was born, they saw the Ingrid Bergman film and thought the story of this lost princess was so sad and wonderful, and they loved the name. So when their daughter was born they decided to name her after the main character. They went into the story of the last Tsar's daughter a little more and the story sounded so interesting to me, I decided to read up more about it, and I was hooked!
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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2004, 05:04:19 PM »
I was 15 when I first read the book Nicholas and Alexandra, and a short time later watched the movie on TV. Since then I have tried to read or watch anything to do the with Romanovs.
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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2004, 06:41:36 PM »
I saw a book of letters from Nicholas and Alexandra. I also saw various stories on Anastasia. After reading all these stories I was hooked. I then read the classic Nicholas and Alexandra and then after that I had to get a lot more books on the family. I have a good deal of books ( a lot of photo books) and the whole story is just so intresting to me. I love royals but the Romanovs are my favorite royal family of them all.

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Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2004, 02:04:22 PM »
I'd heard about Rasputin and Anastasia for years. When I finally saw a documentary on Anna Anderson, I started getting a little more interested in the Romanovs. After reading a few books on Nicholas and Alexandra, I caught the bug and have been hooked for the past few years.  One of the best books I've read is The Fate of the Romanovs.  I tend to agree with the authors' assessment of Nicholas, Alexandra, and Rasputin.

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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2004, 04:09:11 PM »
What got me interested? I cannot remember! I know that it was before the cartoon Anastasia came out, as I remenber thinking that it wasn't exactly historically correct...though, I must have been quite young then.

My guess would be that I was looking through our Dorling Kindersly Children's Encyclopedia for nice pictures, and I came across the Romanovs. When I was younger I skimmed over the fact that they were killed, as I didn't want to believe it!

I do remember getting into trouble in 1st year science class for writing everything I knew about the Romanovs over the back of my worksheets.

At first, I was merely interested in Anastasia, only natural, because she was the youngest girl, but gradually I became fascinated with everything in Russian History. Recently, due to some writing sites, I have been introduced to the Greek side of the family, hence the name. I found the alexanderpalace website through reading the original article whilst bored in a hospital waiting room!

I think someone else has mentioned learning about Haeomophilia (how many different spelling versions of that are we going to get?! *grin*)whilst doing Higher Biology. We have these huge thick green textbooks which include lots of 'sideline' information, including a whole family tree of Queen Victoria, showing how the Haeomophilic gene was passed on. It always annoyed me that we didn't learn more, only 'the basics' ; the good thing is that I knew the background already and so probably got more out of it than the rest.
This 'Olenka' is Olga of Greece, not the Romanov one. She married Prince Pavle of Yugoslavia at Belgrade in 1923, and had 3 children called Aleksandar, Nikola and Yelisaveta.

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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2004, 07:06:07 PM »
What got me started was when they were doing the original DNA tests after the grave was found. *I think* there was a special on 20/20 or one of those primetime news shows and I found it interesting, as well as horrifying.