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Subject: anastasia/ramonov search
Date Posted: 2/25/2014 7:58 AM ET
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hi all sorry if this has been asked before. I am starting to get really interested in the whole Anastasia mystery, I know that at this point many believe that the lady who said she was Anastasia, had the wrong dna. I was wondering if anyone could recommend historical fiction based on her, and also interesting biographies of the Anastasia mystery (one that at least mentions the dna, even if the author says its not the right dna) thanks! I know of 2 historical fictions already-Anastasia's secret (ya and it really shows) and the kitchen boy by Robert alexander

Date Posted: 2/25/2014 1:39 PM ET
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I was so devastated when the DNA showed that Anna Anderson wasn't Anastasia, I so dearly wanted someone to have survived the horror.

If you are interested in reading about her story and the info her "side" put forth that she was Anastasia (nonfiction) I think the gold standard is Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson. 

As far as fiction goes, I enjoyed City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin.  If you like thrillers, a very good one is Steve Berry's Romanov Prophesy.

Date Posted: 2/25/2014 5:34 PM ET
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thanks mimi, I am looking up those books now! what I don't understand is how Anna wasn't Anastasia, she seemed to know many things only family would know, and the body was missing from the casket. did Anna ever go back on her story? are you into the mystery at all, because I only just started being interested

Date Posted: 2/25/2014 5:36 PM ET
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Evelyn, I remember seeing a TV documentary about this awhile back.  I don't know how you would go about finding it.  Maybe someone else remembers it, too.

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Date Posted: 2/25/2014 6:54 PM ET
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I think the History Channel had a special on the Romanovs and did a lot about Anna Anderson.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 2/25/2014 6:58 PM ET
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I was marginally interested, I have a deep and abiding love for Russian History and am Orthodox, where Anastasia and her family were canonized as saints in the early 2000s. 

To my knowledge, Anna never went back on her story.  However, the missing remains were found (and they may have been either Anastasia or Marie, the testing was inconclusive) and DNA tests did not support her claims.  There appeared to be an interesting book that was published awhile ago that sounds like they explored a lot of the evidence The Resurrection of the Romanovs.   I just added it to my wish list.

Donna - many years ago, I did see a documentary - in fact, that's where I learned the DNA evidence.  It may be on You Tube, check this one.
but I'm not sure (I don't have speakers at the office.)   I know my Russian History professor was convinced by the evidence that Anna was not Anastasia.

Date Posted: 2/26/2014 7:48 AM ET
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I really enjoyed Kitchen Boy. Let us know what books you decide on. I think a number of us are interested.

Date Posted: 2/26/2014 8:56 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/27/2014 7:54 AM ET
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I ordered the riddle of Anastasia from the library, to be honest I didn't finish kitchen boy, and I will be taking up the Romanovs final chapter. I really want to read fiction that is more centered from anastasia's view.although it really does seem that she made it up.

Date Posted: 2/27/2014 10:17 AM ET
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One of my favorite novels is "Time After Time" by Allen Appel.  The protagonist, Alex Balfour, discovers he is a time traveler and is sent back to the era of the Russian Revolution and attempts to save the Romanov family.  It has an interesting take on whether or who survived the massacre.  If you like it, there are several more in the series, dealing with different historical situations.

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 9:41 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/3/2014 5:59 PM ET
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http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/research/articles/2009/03/11/dna-testing-lays-romanov-murder-mystery-to-rest

Article on finding Anatasia's bones.  Actually one of the sisters.  They knew they had the bones of several, but were missing one daughter and the son.  With the sisters being a year apart in age, it was not possible to determine which girl was missing. Then the son and another sister were found so they have all the family now.

Date Posted: 3/3/2014 6:44 PM ET
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wow linda thanks!

Date Posted: 4/17/2014 12:39 AM ET
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I read and liked Time After Time last month (I think?) referenced above .  Thumbs up from me--very well done.  I'll probably read more of his books.

Date Posted: 4/18/2014 2:55 PM ET
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I liked The Tsarina's Daughter  by Carolly Erickson

It is from the view point of Tatiana rather than  Anastasia.