My childhood was an eventful time for me in the form of animated movies. From Disney to Pixar, I was hooked. One very underappreciated movie that I have always kept close to my heart; that movie is Anastasia, by Fox Entertainment. This was a semi-fictional movie that was based off the unsolved mystery of the unsolved mystery of the survival of the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov Nikolaevna.
This was one of my first unsolved mysteries I was to encounter in life and the one that stood out the most. Was she really dead? Did she survive and pass on her legacy, leaving descendants behind? Grand Duchess Anastasia was born on June 18, 1901, to the house of Tsar Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias. The fourth youngest out of five siblings, she was a mischievous and clever soul with a silver tongue, she always liked to play tricks on her tutors and even went to tripping servants.
She was very bright and learned very quickly, never dallying in her studies and always seeking to impress. She was a very happy girl who lived a remarkably simple life. Unfortunately, this all changed around 1917. For a revolution was just around the corner. In February 1917, Nicholas II abdicated the throne and Anastasia and her family were placed under house arrest at the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo during the Russian Revolution. As the Bolsheviks approached, Alexander Kerensky of the Provisional Government had them moved toTobolsk, Siberia.
Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia in 1894-1917, can be deemed responsible for the advancement of Russia's revolution in the early stages of the 20 th century. It is due to his views on Government, cultivated by his lack of intellect that created a situation in Russia ideal for a revolution. His intelligence and views on government influenced his personality, adding to his many flaws as Tsar of Russia. ...
After the Bolsheviks seized majority control of Russia, Anastasia and her family were moved to the Ipatiev House, or House of Special Purpose, at Yekaterinburg. In October of 1917, almost directly after the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russian Civil War broke out. Negotiations for the release of the Romanovs between their Bolshevik (commonly referred to as ‘Reds’) captors and their extended family, many of whom were prominent members of the Royal Houses of Europe, stalled.
As the Whites (loyalists still faithful to the Tsar and the principles of autocracy) advanced toward Yekaterinburg the Reds were in a precarious situation. The Reds knew Yekaterinburg would fall to the better manned and equipped White Army. When the Whites reached Yekaterinburg, the Imperial Family had simply disappeared. The most widely accepted account was that the family had been murdered. A note found, known as the “Yurovsky note”, depicted and described what happened to the Russian Imperial family. “… family was awakened and told to dress.
They were told they were being moved to a new location to ensure their safety in anticipation of the violence that might ensue when the White Army reached Yekaterinburg … the family and the small circle of servants who had remained with them were herded into a small room in the house’s sub-basement and told to wait …After several minutes, the executioners entered the room… Yurovsky quickly informed the Tsar and his family that they were to be executed. The Tsar… was killed by several bullets to the chest…” The rest of the family was slaughtered as well. Now what happened to Anastasia?
Anastasia’s supposed survival was one of the celebrated mysteries of the 20th century. Anna Anderson, the most notorious Anastasia impostor, first surfaced publicly between 1920 and 1922. She contended that she had feigned death amongst the bodies of her family members and servants, and was able to make her escape with the help of a compassionate guard who rescued her from amongst the corpses after noticing that she was still alive. This was later disproved in legal courts, although some relatives and supporters still believed her to be the real Grand Duchess Anastasia.
Later in the 1900’s, DNA tests were conducted from Anderson’s body and it was no match to Anastasia’s. Another theory used is that her body was protected by jewels sewn onto her dress. When the Royal Family was in captivity, they were allowed to bring belongings along with them. Some of them were family jewels and precious stones. To make sure that they were hidden from their captors, they sewed them onto the inside of their clothes. Many rumors say those jewels save her life and even saved her sister, Tatiana’s, life. The evidence to support it was in the note.
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It said the room was so full of smoke from gunfire that nobody could see and the captors left for several minutes. However, this was disproved when Tatiana’s remains were found along with the rest of the royal family. Today, nobody really knows what happened to Anastasia. The movie most definitely proved in a fictional way how she could have survived, although all of the events don’t match up. In conclusion, I hope for the best and pray Anastasia made it out alive. Perhaps she did make it out and she had continued her life in secrecy. This will most likely forever be an unsolved mystery.