Saturday, December 8, 2007

Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov

With the recent recovery of the bodies of Alexei and Maria Romanov, I was reminded how I have always believed that Anna Anderson was Anastasia Romanov. Well, it turned out that I was wrong. In fact, it was Grand Duchess Maria Niklovena Romanov who was missing, not Anastasia. I don't feel foolish about it. Looking for something good from something awful is never something for which to apologize.
Anna Anderson and her handlers were merely among the greatest frauds in all of history, certainly not worth anymore consideration than that.
I guess that I wanted to believe that someone survived that awful day in July 1918.
But there is one thing that I can believe in: Nicholas and Alexandra may have been horrible as Autocrats of all the Russias, but as human beings and parents there has never been anyone better.
It reminds me how Trotsky lied about Lenin's knowledge of the massacre of the Romanovs. We now know that Trotsky, Sverdlov and Lenin gave direct orders to Yakob Yurovsky to kill the family.
In my mind there is nothing good that you can say about somebody who would do that.

1 comment:

OTMA1918 said...

there is something to be said about the last Imperial family of Russia. Yes they had their human frailities, and superstitions which were quite common in early 19th Century Russia, nevertheless they were true believers of the Gospel and turned the other cheek as God had commanded his people. As far as Lenin, Trotsky, Sverdlov & Yurovsky; they truly felt that were fulfilling their "duties" as Masters of the New Russia in the extermination of an entire Dynasty. However it is truly sad that the Russian people only suffered more severely under these "tryants" than previously under the Tsarist regime. Whichever way they were being led was in the end, truly horrific