Nicholas’ final diary entry: June 30, 1918.
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.
Items belonging to the Imperial family found in the Ipatiev House after their executions.
1. An icon of the Mother of God and Christ Child
2. A jacket belonging to Nicholas, hangers, epaulets, and some linens
3. A bible given to Alexandra by Nicholas in 1916, and keys to the Alexander Palace
4. Pillow cases embroidered with the Imperial monogram
According to the guards at the Ipatiev House, they did their utmost to keep the family calm during the days leading to their execution. However, I believe that even before leaving Tobolsk, the family had a sense of impending doom.
There are several particularly telling occurrences which indicate a deep sense of foreboding and hopelessness among the Imperial family during their last days in the Ipatiev House.
On June 30/ July 13, Nicholas wrote a final entry in his diary. This was a man who was meticulous in his habits. He had kept a daily diary since he was fourteen years old, that is, for thirty-six years. The fact that he suddenly stopped suggests that he believed that the life he was living was hopeless. Nicholas’ only remaining hope was that if he was cooperative, his family would be spared the same fate.
Grand Duchess Olga was particularly close to her father. She suffered for him during the days after his abdication and the continued humiliations which he was subjected to in captivity. As a very perceptive and sensitive young woman, events took a much more serious toll on Olga than on her sisters. She became sickly, emaciated, and extremely solemn. While her sisters continued to hold out hope for a rescue, Olga turned increasingly to religion and spent more time with her mother and sick brother. Baroness Buxhoeveden, who accompanied Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia and Alexei to Ekaterinburg was shocked by the changes in Olga. Where previously she had been vibrant and cheerful, now Olga looked as if she had aged twenty-years in a few months. According to the guards, Olga deteriorated even further during the 78 days in Ekaterinburg. While they liked the younger three Grand Duchesses, they described Olga as stuck-up and severe like her mother. By the end she was only skin and bones. I think it is clear that Olga was under a great deal of stress and was extremely anxious and depressed. Like her father, she sensed that something ominous was coming, but the uncertainty of what and when was very hard on her.
Even Alexei was afraid of what might happen to them in captivity. Before his mother left for Ekaterinburg, he sobbed to her “Mama, I am not afraid to die, but I am afraid of what they will do to us here.”
Perhaps most significant is the testimony of the priest and deacon who were allowed to enter the Ipatiev House twice to say mass. The first time, the family seemed cheerful and enthusiastically participated in the service. The Tsar and Grand Duchesses sang the responses. They were particularly disturbed by how frail and ill Alexei looked. The second time, things were different. The altar was set up as before, and Alexei looked much better, but the Tsar and his daughters looked completely exhausted, like their spirits had been broken. They did not sing the responses this time, and when the priest sang the requiem for the dead, they fell to their knees. One of the Grand Duchesses (probably Olga) stifled a sob. After mass, the Grand Duchesses, all with tears in their eyes whispered a thank you to the priest and deacon as they filed out of the room.
This was forty-eight hours before the assassination. As they walked back to the cathedral, the deacon said to the priest “Something terrible has happened to them in there.”