I was wondering, would you happen to know how tall the girls were?
Olga - 5’5”
Tatiana - 5’8”
Maria - 5’7”
Anastasia - 5’2”
And yet they still can’t seem to tell Maria and Anastasia’s skeletons apart…..admittedly their heights may have been a little different in the end due to growth spurts (I’ve read books claiming Maria was the tallest in the end and I kind of agree with that), but still- I find it hard to believe they can’t differentiate arguably the tallest sister from the shortest sister.
I don’t really buy the growth spurt theory. Baroness Buxhoeveden saw the girls on the way from Tobolsk to Ekaterinburg and nowhere in her memoirs does she remark that Anastasia had grown any taller. The Baroness had known the girls basically their entire lives so I would think that she would have noticed. She mentions other things like Olga being thin and depressed, so why would she not mention a notable difference in height? The idea that Anastasia could have grown 5 inches in a month and a half is absolutely absurd. Furthermore, most girls stop growing about 3 years after the onset of menstruation. Assuming that “M. Becker” began visiting around age 12, the girls should have been done growing around 15.
As for not being able to tell definitively which skeleton belongs to which girl, the remains discovered in 2007 (Anastasia and Alexei) were badly fragmented. The scientists used the girls’ long bones to determine height and there may not have been a complete one in the second grave. However, based on the heights of the three girls in the mass grave, I think that the evidence pretty definitively points to Anastasia being the absent Grand Duchess. All three young females in the mass grave were far too tall.
I am absolutely not a scientist, but that is my assessment based on the evidence available.
The Ipatiev House after the murder of the Imperial family: 1919. In the last photo, the steeple of the church that gave the Imperial family comfort during their first weeks in Ekaterinburg can be seen.
Items belonging to the Imperial family found at Ekaterinburg: 1919.
The courtyard at the Ipatiev House that the Imperial family passed through to the cellar. The gallery was added in the 1930s.
Items belonging to the Imperial family later found by the White Army at the Ipatiev House: 1918/1919.
96 years ago Emperor Nicholas II, his family and their four servants were brutally murdered in the cellar of the Ipatiev House.
Through their suffering in exile, the Imperial family maintained their love of one another and their faith in God.
Today they are revered as Passion Bearers in the Russian Orthodox Church. The Emperor, Empress, three of their daughters and their four servants rest together in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Petersburg. The remains of the two youngest children have yet to receive a state burial.
Rest in peace.
Colour photos of the exterior of the Ipatiev House, taken in 1975 (The house was demolished two years later).
I’ve never seen colour pictures of it before, it’s so surreal to look at them and know what happened inside those walls. Somehow them being in colour makes it all the more real to me.
I’ve never seen these before.
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.
Ask me anything about July 17, 1918…
The last Imperial Family and their four loyal retainers who were killed in Ekaterinburg on July 17, 1918.
From top: The Imperial Family: 1913.
Dr. Eugene Botkin