by Emily S. Jacobs
Anastasia Romanov, the fourth daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was born in the Peterhof Palace in July of 1901. For twelve years, she live the privileged life of a czarina, painting with watercolors, and playing with her little dogs.
Ipatiev House - Where the last of the Romanovs were executed.
In 1918, the Romanov family was taken to Yekaterinburg, to the house of a man who had been arrested by the Bolsheviks and forced to leave his belongings behind. On the night of July 16, 1918, the Bolsheviks told the Romanovs to go down into the basement and line up. They told them that they would be taking a family portrait before the family was transported to another house. With the royal family all together, the guards opened fire upon them. It is said that some of the girls had diamonds sewn inside their clothing, to smuggle away, and that because of this the girls were not all killed in the first attempt. The bullets ricocheted off, so the executioners then bayoneted them after shooting them. None of the Romanovs at Yekaterinburg were ever seen again. Or were they?
Anna Anderson also had the same deformity on her foot that Anastasiaís doctor had looked at just before her family was captured.
Anna Andersonís story is so captivating
Fox released an animated cartoon about it in 1997.
Anna Anderson eventually went to the surviving relatives of the royal family to see if they recognized her, but they turned her away saying that she was not Anastasia. She later moved to the United States and married an American. She went to her death still claiming that she was the Princess Anastasia.
The bones of Tsar Nicholas and his family.
So who was Anna Anderson? It has been proposed that she was Franziska Schanzkowska, a young Polish mine worker, who disappeared just before Anna Anderson was found.
* In 2007 a top local Russian archaeologist Andrei Sidikov discovered the remains of two bodies that may be these of Alexei and Maria in a burned area of ground near Yekaterinburg. The Russian government has reopenned the investigation. The other remains of the rest of the royal family were reburied in St. Petersburg in 1998.Sources:
"Trackstar: Anastasia: Did she survive?" @ http://scrtec.rtec.org/track/tracks/t05723.html, 4/17/00.
"Was She Really Grand Duchess Anastasia?" @ http://www.best.com/users/~samsloan/forkunio.htm, 4/19/00
"Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Anastasia Historical Society" @ http://www.concentric.net/~Tsarskoe/, 4/19/00
"My Name is Anastasia" @ http://www.alexanderpalace.org/anastasia/, 4/21/00
Picture #1 - "My Name is Anastasia" from: http://www.alexanderpalace.org/anastasia/, 4/21/00
Picture #2 - "My Name is Anastasia" from: http://www.alexanderpalace.org/anastasia/, 4/21/00
Picture #3 - "Was She Really Grand Duchess Anastasia?" from: http://www.best.com/users/~samsloan/forkunio.htm, 4/19/00
Picture #4 - "Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Anastasia Historical Society" from: http://www.concentric.net/~Tsarskoe/, 4/19/00
Picture #5 - "Photo of the Bones of Czar Nicholas II" from: http://www.best.com/users/~samsloan/czarbone.htm, 5/22/00