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Father & Son

These photos of Czar Nicholas II and his son, the Czarevich Alexei, are from the Romanov family photo album which somehow ended up in the Beinecke Library at Yale University. Nicholas and Alexei, along with their entire family, were murdered by the Communists in the basement of a house in Yekaterinburg, Russia on the night of July 17, 1918. The family having since been canonised (or ‘glorified’, as it’s called in the Russian church) as saints, a cathedral now stands on the site of their murders.

This post was published on Thursday, April 13th, 2006 2:05 pm. It has been categorised under History Monarchy Russia.
Ron MacDonald
14 Apr 2006 11:50 am

I believe the link of the Romanovs to the Beinecke Library is via Rostislav Romanov, who graduated from Yale in 1967 or ’68. (He worked at the Northern Trust Company, where I became acquainted with him as a fellow officer in the ’70s. I left NT in 1984, & have lost touch with him). His ancestors, 1st cousins of Nicholas II, escaped to White Russia before the Royal Family was captured. Kerensky’s cause, as many amateur historians like me know, was doomed by the godless Communist scum.

I never quite succeeded in getting him deeply interested in the Catholic Church, as he always adhered to the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church-in-exile, which was (& still is) headquartered in New York City, in the old George Baker mansion, Park Avenue at 93rd Street. He always thought me odd, as a Scottish Catholic, almost like a Byzantine Christian from Istanbul….or some such tenacious survivor….

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