Anastasia Romanov: 100 Years Ago Today

A dark cloud hangs over the life of the real Anastasia RomanovOne of the greatest mysteries of all time that has fascinated me is the disappearance of the Grand Duchess of Russia Anastasia Nikolaevna. On July 17, 1918 she and her family, the Romanovs, were murdered during the Russian Revolution. Even though her entire family perished during the assassination that was meant to eliminate the Russian Royal family and they succeeded.

On this day the last Tsar of Russia Nicholas II along with his wife Tsarina Alexandra, their four daughters Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia and their son Tsaravich Alexei were murdered. I don’t plan on going into the historical details as I want to focus on the mystery of Anastasia. Even though it was confirmed that she was murdered that night through DNA evidence an air of mystery has stuck with her name.

Today, there are many people who still believe that she survived that night. In the past there have been impersonators, most noticeably Anna Anderson from Germany, who had managed to fool some of her relatives. None the less, people to this day still believe that Anna Anderson is the lost Russian princess. Lets face, after all the people who she managed to convince she is the Grand Duchess Anastasia there could be a new form of DNA technology that proves that she had been telling the truth all along.

Ultimately, the mystery of the Grand Duchess Anastasia has stood the test of time with movies, books, musicals, and songs based on her life. The mystery of her life and death has fascinated me because it seems as though it is never ending. Every now and then when I am reading up on her disappearance/death I will come across a piece of information outside of DNA evidence, like Anna Anderson’s knowledge of the family tree that to many proves that she is her or Anastasia a piece of fabric from clothing that night that prove she was murdered.

I acknowledge that everyone has their opinions on this case with many believing that she died that night. I too, believe that on July 17, 1918 she passed away. But, as much as I believe this there is something about the mystery of Anastasia that draws me to her story, partially because part of me does want her survival from that night to be true. Honestly, with all of the evidence surrounding Anastasia it would not shock me if somewhere down the road we hear evidence again that proves that she did survive the night or more evidence that proves she past.

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