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Alixz

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Re: Nic II's Plans to go abroad April 1917
« Reply #120 on: April 23, 2010, 12:57:59 PM »
I don't think they wanted Alexei either.  Remember that of the bodies that they tried to burn they chose the one they thought was the Empress and also Alexei.

The German Woman and the Heir.  Neither would have been safe together. 

IMHO the only ones who would have been safe would have been the four girls.

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Re: Nic II's Plans to go abroad April 1917
« Reply #121 on: April 23, 2010, 01:11:17 PM »
well it is all hypothesis so it doesnt really matter and you cant tell what anyone would have done at the time.  A lot would have depended on how well the imperial family were taken out of the palace.  It may have even been possible to take them out of the palace without anyone knowing but this is pure speculation.  There were enough exits  and things like service exits.  The main enemy of any strategy seemed to be Nicholas and Alexandra's fatalism and torpor and it would have been difficult to do anything with that

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Re: Nic II's Plans to go abroad April 1917
« Reply #122 on: April 24, 2010, 09:35:16 AM »
Agreed

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Re: Nic II's Plans to go abroad April 1917
« Reply #123 on: April 24, 2010, 09:46:13 AM »
'I was just thinking that pairing Alexei with either of his parents would have made him stand out in a crowd.  I would try to set up the groups so as not to extract a great deal of notice.'

Precisely. That is why I would have three or more parties. It would make sense to pair Alexei off with someone other than his parents (I imagine that apart from Nicholas he was the most easily recognised of them, and unlike Nicholas, he didn't have a beard which could be shaved off!) However, I doubt whether Nicholas and Alexandra would allow their darling baby to go without one of them. You would certainly need to separate Nicholas and Alexandra.

Just for fun, here is my ideal solution:
Olga, Tatiana and Prince Vassili Dolgoruky as their uncle
Maria, Anastasia and one of the tutors
Alexei and the other tutor
Nicholas (with moustache only) and Count Benckendorff
Alexandra with lady in waiting in role of nurse to an invalid



But, as has been said, the parents' fatalism was a major factor in the lack of action.

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