In honor of the beginning of Lent, here are the ikons of the Grand Duchesses at the Church on the Blood in Honor of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land on the site of the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg.
OTMA’s things from YekaterinburgWordlessly staring at my computer screen.
Easter letter written by Grand Duchess Maria to her sister Olga in Tobolsk: Spring, 1918.
If anyone has the time to decipher handwriting/translate it would be much appreciated!
Apologies for sharing an unsettling photo but I want to set the record straight. This is NOT a picture of the execution of the Romanovs. It is a still from a Soviet documentary re-enacting that night. Just so this stops circulation on tumblr as legit.
There is another one circulating too that people have been getting confused by.
As much as people like to bash others for “circulating” false photos of the Romanov families corpses, I’ve yet to hear anyone come up with an explanation of the true nature of said false photos. I get that a lot of us are Romanov enthusiasts and like to stay historically correct as possible but if it bothers you, offer a calm, alternative explanation instead of just getting upset and finger pointing. If people don’t know, they don’t know.
Well, based on every account that I have read of the murders, there were no photographs taken on that night. The whole thing was really chaotic and they were in too much of a hurry to dispose of the bodies quickly and destroy the evidence to stop and take a photograph of what they had done. The fact that the Bolsheviks went to such lengths to cover up what they had done, ie. throwing the bodies in a mineshaft and throwing a grenade in, deciding that wasn’t a very good hiding spot and pulling them back out, destroying them with acid, and burning two of them which were then buried in a separate location indicates that they would not have photographed the scene. Why would men who were franticly trying to destroy evidence then go on to CREATE evidence? It just doesn’t make sense!
"The Grand Duchess rarely spoke of the massacre of her brother’s family, but the tragedy haunted her all her life. "It must have been terrible," she once exclaimed, recalling the agony suffered by her brother’s family during the long imprisonment that began in Tsarskoe Selo in August, 1917, and ended in their massacre in Ekaterinburg in July, 1918. She spoke the words with a shudder that transformed the simple sentence in to a searing memory which had nagged her heart for forty years.
"All of the girls and even the poor boy were by temperament gay and vicacious," she said, "but they had all inherited that certain sense of tragedy from their mother. They all knew they were going to die. I am sure of that." "
Olga Alexandrovna also told her biographer that she loved her nieces, especially Anastasia, as much as if they had been her own daughters.
Poor Olga A.!
Source: The Last Grand Duchess by Ian Vorres
Before or after 1918, I wonder?
Probably after from the way the surrounding area looks.