EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA AND OTMA: MATCHING BRACELETS

EMPRESS ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA AND OTMA: MATCHING BRACELETS   Yakov Yurovsky: “Alexandra Feodorovna loudly expressed her displeasure when I wanted to remove from her wrist a gold bracelet that was tightly fastened there and which was impossible to remove without the help of some tool. She announced that she has been…

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GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA: BRETHREN CEMETERY OF TSARSKOE SELO

GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA: BRETHREN CEMETERY OF TSARSKOE SELO   In 1914, soon after the start of the First World War, near the Kazan Cemetery, a special section of land was assigned for burial of deceased soldiers from Tsarskoe Selo infirmaries. Originally the cemetery contained 400 graves and was named…

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ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: EMPRESS ALEXANDRA. 5 NOVEMBER, 1916.

ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: EMPRESS ALEXANDRA. 5 NOVEMBER, 1916.   1916 note from Empress Alexandra to Grand Duchess Tatiana   5 November, 1916. My dear, Anya asked me to come to the laying of the foundation of the church at 12.30 (Our Friend will be there). Can…

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EMPRESS ALEXANDRA’S LETTER TO GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA

    Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna’s English was not the best, but often she and her mother exchanged letters in English, probably for learning purposes. Maria often used to rewrite Empress Alexandra’s letters in her own hand. This is one of the letters that I obtained from GARF, rewritten in Grand…

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ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: NICHOLAS II – 2 MAY, 1918

ON THIS DATE IN THEIR OWN WORDS: NICHOLAS II – 2 MAY, 1918     From the 1918 diary of Nicholas II: 2 May. Wednesday.  The application of the “prisoner” schedule continued and expressed itself in that an old housepainter had painted over all our windows in all the rooms with…

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