The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the Worlds Greatest Royal Mystery by Greg KingThe truth of the enduring mystery of Anastasias fate-and the life of her most convincing impostor The passage of more than ninety years and the publication of hundreds of books in dozens of languages has not extinguished an enduring interest in the mysteries surrounding the 1918 execution of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The Resurrection of the Romanovs draws on a wealth of new information from previously unpublished materials and unexplored sources to probe the most enduring Romanov mystery of all: the fate of the Tsars youngest daughter, Anastasia, whose remains were not buried with those of her family, and her identification with Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the missing Grand Duchess.
Penetrates the intriguing mysteries surrounding the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and the true fate of his daughter, Anastasia
Reveals previously unknown details of Andersons life as Franziska Schanzkowska
Explains how Anderson acquired her knowledge, why people believed her claim, and how it transformed Anastasia into a cultural phenomenon
Draws on unpublished materials including Schanzkowska family memoirs, legal papers, and exclusive access to private documents of the British and Hessian Royal Families
Includes 75 photographs, dozens published here for the first time
Written by the authors of The Fate of the Romanovs
Refuting long-accepted evidence in the Anderson case, The Resurrection of the Romanovs finally explodes the greatest royal mystery of the twentieth-century.
Anastasia Romanov: Finding The Lost Princess
The Remains of the Romanovs: Did Anastasia Survive?
On July 17, , Anastasia Romanov, holding her dog Jimmy, followed the family down the steps to the terrible cellar in Yekaterinburg, where they were told to wait. The White Army was nearing their location, desperate to free the czar. Suddenly the executioners strode in. The family and their servants, arrayed against the far wall, were gunned down by about a dozen men. Anastasia, who had just turned 17, was among the last to die, according to later testimony from the Bolshevik firing squad.
Tsar Nicholas and his family waited patiently in the basement. For much of , the Romanov family had been the captives of the Bolsheviks who overthrew Nicholas II in the bloody Russian Revolution , and they were used to moving from place to place. They had no idea they had reached their final destination. Suddenly, armed thugs rushed in. It was too late: The murder of the entire Russian imperial family, the Romanovs, had been ordered by the highest levels of Soviet leadership. But the execution-style killings were just the beginning.
She was murdered with her family by a group of Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg on July 17, Persistent rumors of her possible escape circulated after her death, fueled by the fact that the location of her burial was unknown during the decades of Communist rule. The abandoned mine serving as a mass grave near Yekaterinburg which held the acidified remains of the Tsar, his wife, and three of their daughters was revealed in These remains were put to rest at Peter and Paul Fortress in The bodies of Alexei Nikolaevich and the remaining daughter—either Anastasia or her older sister Maria—were discovered in Her possible survival has been conclusively disproved.
In July , the last Russian Royal Family disappeared without a trace. The seven Romanovs, along with four servants, were kept in a secluded Siberian prison house with a high fence and blacked-out windows for over a year until, one day, they were gone. Almost years later, scientists uncovered three human skulls which could provide answers to this infamous Royal mystery: what really happened to the Romanovs and did any of them manage to escape? Crowned in , Tsar Nicholas II became king after the unexpected death of his father. Nicholas met the love of his life, Queen Alexandra, when he was sixteen and she was twelve. Unlike many Royal rulers at the time, the last Tsar married out of love when Alexandra was old enough.
Yesterday, as the country was preparing to commemorate their deaths, Russian investigators announced that new DNA testing had confirmed that remains attributed to last tsar and his family are in fact authentic—a finding that may pave the way for the deceased royals to be buried with full rites by the Orthodox Church, according to Agence France-Presse. The new findings are the latest development in a tangled dispute over the remains of the Romanovs, whose downfall was nigh after Nicholas II was forced to abdicate the throne in the midst of the Russian Revolution of Radical Bolsheviks took power and formed a provisional government, and the tsar, his wife, Alexandra and their five children were imprisoned in the city of Yekaterinburg. As the White Army advanced on Yekaterinburg, local authorities were ordered to prevent the rescue of the Romanovs, and in the early hours of July 17, the family was executed by firing squad. Those who remained alive after the bullets stopped flying were stabbed to death. The remains of Nicholas, Alexandra and three of their daughters— Anastasia, Olga and Tatiana—were found in , though the bodies were only exhumed in after the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to the AFP. Orthodox Church officials, however, contested these findings.