ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing»
  • Books & Novels»
  • Fiction

Mystery Of Anastasia Romanov

Updated on January 13, 2012
Anastasia Romanov    Royalty Free Courtesy Of Royalty Free
Anastasia Romanov Royalty Free Courtesy Of Royalty Free

Anastasia Romanov Was She Anna Anderson

Mystery of Anastasia Romanov born June 18,1901 to the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife Alexandra Fyodorvna was the youngest daughter of the four daughters the couple had. Anastasia was the younger sister of Grand Duchess Tatiana, Grand Duchess Maria, and Grand Duchess Olga her only brother was Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. The claim is that on July 17, 1918 she was murdered with her entire family by the Bolshevik secret police.

Rumors continued to fly about the possibility of her survival due to nobody being able to clearly identify where her body had been located. The mass grave had been revealed in 1991 however only the mother, the father and three daughters had been located. The body of Alexei and one of his sisters had not been located.

In 2008 the Russians made claim that her possible survival had been disproved and that the remains of a young boy and a young girl's charred remains had been located near Ektarinburg in 2007 and that fact was they were the remains of Alexei and one of his four sisters. In March 2009 Michael Coble of the USAF DNA identification laboratory stated that all sister's had been accounted for and that nobody survived. Isn't this questionable? Did they run tests on the young boy to prove in fact that he was Alexei? Or was it a burial ground for two unidentified children?

Anna Anderson who resided in Charlottesville until her death in 1984 claimed that she was Anastasia Romanov and had survived the brutality of the Bolshevik Police. Why would a person who had so much knowledge of the family, friends and workers lie about who she had been? How would she have known about the crime that had been committed to her family? Media as it is known today was not made available and only Anna who claims she was Anastasia would have any type of childhood memories about her life. Why would a woman fight so hard to regain her name if she was not Anastasia Romanov? What type of tissue samplings were taken in 1984 after her death?What about her scars? Why did they wait until 1994 to test the tissue? Could there have not been a mix-up of her samples? If fingerprinting was done in 1984 finger-printing was not used in the early years of Russia so how could they have made a comparison? A hair sample would not necessarily disprove a person there isn't any widely accepted standard on how hair samples should be collected, analyzed or stored. All laboratories use different methods when testing and collecting hair samples. It is normal for two completely different laboratories to come up with two different sets of results. Seemingly since it is complicated when determining the results it is very difficult for any health care professional to determine what the results really mean. When determining paternity on a child the hair follicle root has to be in tact. Was the root in fact attached when tests had been ran to determine the outcome? The NY Times reported that DNA evidence can be fabricated to cover up the truth and inactivate genes. Anna Anderson was cremated upon her death in 1984, was permission given to take DNA tissue samples? Anastasia Romanov was alive and well in until her death, based on unreliable evidence I believe until this very day there has been a continued cover-up on her life and death. A woman such as Anna Anderson would not take the time to clear her name unless she was the last surviving Grand Duchess who was none other then Anastasia Romanov herself. Referencing wikipedia house of Romanov the truth about Anastasia Romanov still states that remains were found and that it did belong to one of the sisters, the way it is written it also appears that everyone certainly wants to close the case and deny the possibility of any survivors, as for me it will continue to remain questionable and I believe that Anna Anderson really was Anastasia Romanov why would Russia want to acknowledge the truth after all of these years? Peter Kurth has pictures that eerily match both Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson and has also written and concluded.

Russia was communistic before it fell and there people were freed from the hell that they endured they certainly did not keep a wonderful paper trail, our own government and Russia are now friends why would they want to provide the truth after all that would show the World that she was truly who she said she was and defame the credibility of others.

copyright © 2009

Do You Believe Anastasia Was Anna Anderson

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Interesting response. However, during that time there wasn't any technology and newspapers did not continually run reports. How could the same scar, appear in the same place? Mmm......

    • profile image

      :) 3 years ago

      So, what about this . . .

      This polish woman is born a few years before Anastasia (in all the photographs Anna Anderson looks much older than eighteen, round about the time Anastasia died) and she has the same foot thingy Anastasia does. She becomes a factory worker and has a few accidents resulting with the odd scar. She survives the war, hears about the assassination, fakes a story about how she survived and becomes Anastasia (and even if she doesn't have any scars she could always draw some with permanat marker or something - I mean, this is 100 years after the Victorians, and they built the London underground!)

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      wnstynd2l: Yes its active. Please share your information with us.

    • profile image

      mondo gonz 3 years ago

      awesome stuff: Romanov

    • profile image

      wmstynd2l 4 years ago

      is this hub still active.... got lots of info on this

    • michaelmullins207 profile image

      michaelmullins207 4 years ago

      Princess Diana accident: test results didn't add up there either.

      Some sort of MI6 sponsored cover up ?

    • profile image

      sarah ellis 4 years ago

      Ana Anderson was a liar and an imposter i should know because nichalous II was my great great great great great uncle , the truth is the last ones to be killed were Anastsia and maria they finished anastasia with a bullet to the head maria however when the soldier shot her in the head it looked like it killed her she just was in a coma and also it just peirced her scalp a bit with alot of blood but it didn't kill her and she did manage to escape russia is just covering storys with these imposters like ana anderson to make sure no one has their family wealth and it's been like this for nearly 110 years from 1918.

    • profile image

      Someone 4 years ago

      The story is fucked up and there was a cover-up. However Anna Anderson is not the right candidate. She was in fact part of the cover-up. The cover-up began in Russia when the Bolsheviks realized they fucked up and couldn't find 2 Romanov kids whose servants had helped to escape. Later Anastasia resurfaced but the official Russian version was, all Romanovs were dead. The Anastasia candidate that knew Russian, French and English is the one you're looking for. She's dead as well now. Nobody's complaining; everyone including the British royals wanted the case closed. A substantial amount of gold and gems was acquired by the nation of Japan as well as Britain's Barings Bank on the basis that there was no surviving Romanov. There you go. They let the real Anastasia languish in a Soviet psycho-ward for 50 years.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Katie: Me too. I believe that Anastasia was alive and well and that their had been a cover-up because the government would have been ashamed if millions learned the truth.

    • profile image

      Katie 4 years ago

      I forgot to add they sound the same. I don't believe she was annastaia but she may have been an ancestor an I believe that.

    • profile image

      Katie 4 years ago

      What if the Romanovs had a realative far away? Their uncle (I think) was also in the war. Say he had a .................................. wife, daughter, sis that loved Anastasia and heard of her death. She decided that the only way to stop people looking to closely and discover Anastasia, if she was still out there, would be to announce that SHE was Anastasia. I looked at the website Lexy pointed out and that confirms that she CANNOT be ANASTASIA. There are pictures of her biting her lips, but what if she was only doing that to TRY and resemble Anastasia even more? I have to admit she looks a little like her. Relatives (IM NOT SURE) look a LITTLE like family. Ours is a give away from our red hair, but mum has black-brown hair. We all have brown eyes except dad and Holly -brown. I don't know if this helps, but everyone lives in the north. ANOTHER option- perhaps she Anastasia's sister? This is an absolute wild guess, but maybe she is Anastasia (Or was) and they used make-up on her. I don't know how somebody disguises a scar. IS IT A FAKE? CAN YOU GET EQUIPMENT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO FOUND OUT WHAT TIME IT WAS MADE TAHT CONFIRMS IT? DID THEY MEASURE THE POSSIBLE ALEXEI'S BODY? WERE THERE ANY CUTS? DID NURSES 9PROBABLY DIDN'T) MAYBE CHECK FOR A HEART DISEASE OR SOMETHING? The realitive idea also shows why she fought so hard for something she wasn't and she new she wasn't. Family will know for sure. But, probably the most likely... IT WAS ALL FAME, GOLD AND GLORY, EVEN THOUGH SHE DOES NOT RESEMBLE ANASTASIA, BUT SHE FOUGHT SO HARDFOR IT? SO PEOPLE WOULD say THAT SHE FOUGHT SO HARD THAT SHE HAD TO BE? IT'S a MYSTERY, AND I DOUBT ANYONE WILL EVER UNEARTH THE TRUTH.

    • profile image

      Ingrid 4 years ago

      Hi everyone! I'm fourteen, and very interested in the Romanov family. As for this topic, it is also debatable to whether it was Maria Romanov (the third sister) or Anastasia Romanov (the fourth) in the charred remains with their brother, Alexei. As for her death, the people who killed the Romanov family were very drunk at the time, and said they shot Nicholas II first, then Alexei, Olga and Tatiana (at the same time) and then there was a break of three minutes, in which the shooters went outside to wait for the smoke of bullets to clear. During this time, Maria and Anastasia hid under a window. When they came back in, they shot both Maria and Anastasia. The women were wearing elaborate jewels under their dresses, which allowed them to survive the first set of bullets. The shooters aimed the guns at their hearts, which when shot, would produce the least amount of blood flow. This did not work, because they were protected by their jewels. Then, the shooters aimed guns at their skulls. They said that all girls were dead when they left the room, except two, when one sat up and screamed and the other moaned loudly and shifted slightly. The shooters both hit them in the back of the head until they went silent. Most investigators think that the screaming one was Maria, and the moaning one was Anastasia. Although the shooters said that the women were shot in the skull, one brain remains not touched, as if they were not attacked at all. Due to bone shape, this is supposed to be either Tatiana or Anastasia. Maria was shot in the skull, and Olga died instantly. The two charred remains of the bodies of Alexei and one of the sisters are too weak to determine how they died. As for Anna Anderson, they did not test her DNA, after she died. They tested her uncle's DNA, and if tested of her own, would it prove to be one of the royal family? Although the chances of this are very slim, because the investigators say that the bodies were MOST LIKELY to be royalty, although I'm open to any other suggestions. As for the skull that remains untouched; could this be one of the family's servants, or could it be Tatiana's or Anastasia's? Please reply with your ideas!

    • profile image

      Katie 4 years ago

      I think Anna Anderson might have been Aanastasia because pictures http://www.theage.com.au/news/book-reviews/a-roman... have that she has curly hair and that hair could easily have been put up to make short-and they both have black hair. If Ana Anderson was a Russian expert it might have just been a coincidence. It would be a perfect chance to get some fame, and she would have known all about what happened to the real Annastasia, Olga, Maria, Tansia, Alexei, Alexandra, and the tsar. If you look at that website you'll see the picture of story behind it. How did she come to meet Olga if she was dead? That just sounds like a daily newspaper in Russia, but they probably wouldn't have that stuff. Anyway, how did Anastasia get out from the building, which would have been swarming with guards? Anyway, Anastasia would have been dead. I don't see how a lost princess could have been disguised as a Polish peasont that has DNA.

    • profile image

      Samantha 4 years ago

      What I'm curious about is why they wanted to kill her and her family.

    • profile image

      Maggie 4 years ago

      I think that Anna Anderson was Anastasia because of the many similarities between the two. the night that the family was executed Anastasia had a sash made of jewels under her dress protecting her from harm (in this case bullets). this sash was happened to be placed where they were aiming to shoot her. they wanted to shoot her in the heart to limit blood flow. scientist got a replica of this sash and put it on a manikin using the same types of bullets. after they shot it, it looked like it would have just been a very minor injury. this sash could have saved Anastasia's life. when they took the body's far away to be burned and buried,there was a rumor that one of the people who took them captive helped her escape. so Anna Anderson very well may have been Anastasia. no one really knows the final answers because scientists found remains very close to the czar and his wife and few attendants. and it happened to be a female.

    • profile image

      Darryl Coffey 4 years ago

      Anastasia did survive, she escaped to Alaska on a remote island where she lived amongst the eskimos

    • profile image

      Linda 4 years ago

      Check out the HMS Marlborough, a ship without a flag or escort sent by King George of England who is a direct relative of HIM Maria Romanov, a Danish Princess. Aboard was one young girl named Anastasia. Also aboard was HIM Maria Romanov, paternal grandmother to the Royal Romanov children. Look into Prince Waldemar of Prussia b 1868 and Wilhelm II of Germany and his 6 siblings. Also of Germany, Grand Duke Ernest Ludwig of Hesse & by Rhine, older brother of Alexandra, wife of Nicholas II of Russia.

      Her Imperial Highness Marie of of Russia, formerly Princess Maria of Denmark is an MT DNA haplogroup "T2". She is the mother of Tsar Nicholas II and was married to Alexander Romanov III, father of Tsar Nicholas II.

      Why were the Bolsheviks in New York City during the administration of J. Edgar Hoover, CIA? Who were they hunting?

      The Romanov's have been a dynasty since 1613.

      Also check out the HMS Lord Nelson destined for Genoa at the time of the Russian Revolution. Perhaps the revolution was not as terrible as most think; maybe it was their way of creating changes of a positive nature to bring the Russian economy and peoples into greater prosperity and cultural updates.

      In one book that I read, it stated that Tsar Nicholas II had a heart attack sometime around the end of the war with Germany, which they supposedly lost. (remember, Tsar Nicholas II's wife is Alexandra, a German Princess).

      There are numerous books on the market about this great family.

      There are numerous theories as to what truly happened to the Romanov's.

      From what I read, here is my conclusion.

      Nicholas and Alexandra were in constant communication via letters during the frequent wars which Nicholas was in command of. ( Japan & Germany) Alexandra was working on a way to get the family to safety. While in the house that held them captive, they would get supplies and food from the community of church goers. The Bolshevik commander in charge of them had recently been to Berlin and became a convert to the Lutheran Church. The priests from the local church came to the house to give them communion and preach to them. Someone, unknown and un-named was writing to Alexandra to inform her that they were working on a way to free her and her family. The scene was already set up and on a given day the imposters came and switched clothes, places and identities with the Romanov's. One the last Sunday or day before the slaughter, the priests came and gave the sermon. On leaving the priests reflected that the family did not sing. The Tsar was not wearing his St. George Cross. The Bolshevik commander had taken the cross of St. George from the imposter Tsar and put it into a box with the rest of the families jewelry. The priests noted that the family did not seem to be the same.

      The next day those brave souls were killed to protect the Imperial Royal Family.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      michael, Thank you so much for sharing! That is an amazing story and a wonderful lineage. :)

    • profile image

      michael e. goldberg 5 years ago

      How about this - she lived and came to the US and met up with Gleb Botkin and together with a group that supported her she filed a lawsuit against the British banks to get the Royal funds back. She went by the name anna anderson, which she changed from Anna Tchicovsky. They used a substitute to play the role of anna anderson- a polish factory worker who bore a slight resemblace to her. The true anastasia went by the name of edith seligman and lived in lousiville ky where she had a a husband and two chidlren and eight granchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She died in 1969 aroudn the same time as gle botkin after they lost the case. I am her first, firstborn grandson and found all this out after I had been poisoned and near death and did an investigation. My grandmother chose life and family and enjoyment rather than spending all her time in court. Plus it would have been risky. See the photos of anna anderson and ann tchaicovsky. They are different people.

    • profile image

      ... 5 years ago

      I took a whole class on this one case in particular and I found it very interesting, but after Anna Andersons death her mitochondrial DNA was tested and she was not related to the Romanovs. The scar that she claimed was a bullet scar was actually the scar from a factory explosion she had been in years earlier. Anna Anderson in fact, was NOT Anastasia Romanov.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      callum keene: Thank you for commenting. :)

    • profile image

      callum keene 5 years ago

      not real

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Ivory: Isn't it interesting?

    • profile image

      Ivory 5 years ago

      I read that article too and I was reading the wikipedia page of Grand Duchess Anastasia and pictures are really the same..

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      XYlee: Thank you so much! :)

    • profile image

      Xylee 5 years ago

      Try to check this article out and coordinate with the writer. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/192351/filipinos-gran...

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      renato besa: Wow! That is amazing; thanks so much for all of this information. :)

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      renato besa: Thank you so much for sharing that information. I have always believed she survived and there was to much cover-up during that Era. I will glad check it out. :)

    • profile image

      renato besa 5 years ago

      this is related with my earlier comment about Anastasia Romanov of the late Tsarist emperor of Russia.according to the surviving granddaughter who appeared in the news of the Philippines Daily Inquirer,her grandmama named Tasia was brought to the Philippines in 1918 secretly during the Bolshevic revolt in Russia at the port in Manila as related by her mother,who were Anastasia's daughter.They had lived in secrecy because she thought the Russians were still looking for her grandmama and might kill her.

    • profile image

      renato besa 5 years ago

      http://hubpages.com/signin to the author of this item about Anastasia Romanov of the Tsarist Empire of Russia,there is a story circulating in the web now that Tasia or Anastasia was indeed a survivor, residing in the Philippines to date. you can connect to or subscribe to Miss Emily A. Abrera of the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper or e-mail the the granddaughter of grandmama Anastasia at forpeacetotasiagmail.com.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      yosef: Wow! When did you obtain her signature? Now that is very interesting that Anna was a nurse, how come these details have not ever been told? I am in Awe. :)

    • profile image

      yosef 5 years ago

      I have Anastasia Romonov's autobiography and it is signed by her. My hnvle was the attache to the russiab ambassador dhrkng the revolution and he had met the royal family. He helped Anastasia Rkmonkv escape frlm Russia to the USA. Anastasia says that Anna Anderskn was a nurse in the familg and that is why she knew of the family's intimate details and that she attemlted to impersonate her.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Cookey: I have no problem with you plugging the tour. Thanks for making people aware of it. :)

    • profile image

      Cookey 5 years ago

      Anastasia - Back by popular demand?. This hugely successful, sell-out play which captivated Russian and English speaking audiences alike in 2009/2010 returns March 26th - April 21st 2012. See it now before it tours to Russia in 2013 as part of the Romanov 400th anniversary celebrations.?The whole first floor of Pushkin House in Bloomsbury will become the setting of this honest and beautiful exploration of the suffering, loss and also hope not only of a royal family but an entire Russian generation. Tickets available on ticketmaster & ticket web.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      russiancanadian: That is interesting but were the from Russia or originally from Poland? Missing links of what family?

    • profile image

      russiancanadian 5 years ago

      my grandmother anastasia pac and her brother joe came to sask years ago...... they have since passed on. they were very quiet about their past in poland in fact we do not have any relitives at all the family tree ends with them..

      i have a suspicion that they in fact are the missing links.

      we only heard one story about grandma pulling uncle joe off a pile of dead bodies other than that we know nothing of their past nor would they talk about it.

      their resemblance in pictures are amazing.

      as a kid she didn't have that much money but when family dinner she had the finest formal dinners and she would be dressed amazing

      she looked alot older than she said she was as i look at pictures of me and her as a baby and she looked very very old!

      she was very short and a tough she enjoyed her cherry brandy and a bit of the pipe !

      i dont know about any scars or club foot but im sure i could find out

      it makes me wonder.....

      my dad was o negative blood

      thanks

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      anastasia: Many of us agree because there was not any technology and Anna had so much knowledge, there isn't anyway she was not Anastasia. But of course this is a subject where people will agree and disagree.:)

    • profile image

      anastasia 5 years ago

      Anna Anderson was Anastasia Romanov, not Franiska. I looked at a photo of Frnaiska when she was little and a photo of Anna and Little Franiska's ear did not resemble Anna Anderson's ear. Also, the DNA, was contaminated, and the 44 bone fragments found cannot be Anastasia because there is no complete skull, not enough evidence. The photos of Franiska has been retouched. Franiska was supposed to be 16 in that picture, but she looks like a twenty year old. Anna is Anastasia!

    • profile image

      emmy 5 years ago

      I am sorry, but I do not believe that this Anna Anderson is Anastasia. Sorry. Even though I have pretty much no facts on this except that DNA tests were done on Anna Anderson by Russians and the United States to prove that she was not Anastasia, you just have to look at all these other facts and examples everyone else is presenting. Looking at pictures, they do not look too similar. Anna probably did it for fame and money. She isn't Anastasia. It was proven. I don't believe the DNA tests and stuff was faked. Anastasia died during the shooting along with everyone else in her family. It's sad, but true.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      She has always intrigued me. There wasn't any technology back then, so I could not ever figure out how she knew so much. Mmmmmm...

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Its a very interesting question. I'm afraid it will never be proved to our satisfaction. One does wonder how she knew so much about family amtters and have such sclear memories.

    • profile image

      darkness 5 years ago

      anna what her name is she ISN'T anastasia!!!! she is a fraud! just sayin! i dont believe she is. i think just wants the money and the fame because she is broke nad have no home. she is a homeless person and wants money. thats what i think of her.

    • profile image

      Tepen 5 years ago

      It is not common for someone who mentally unstable to pick up someone elses life and live like them when the other persons life seem so much better or could get better but to some one who has been ether torchered to believe or just had a hard enough life to change and she (anna) was proven not to be and specking in possibilities it could be the fact that since two of the bodies were badly burnt it could have been an illegitament child with a servent because that was not unheard of back then plus their sevents doctor and cook was killed with them. They could not say for sure if it was her only that the dna matched that of living relatives since reports of back then that some of the bodies had been shot in the head that includes anastasia and maria tho the bodys they say is that both dont have a gun shots to the head when maria is suppose to have multipule but the bodies of anastasia and her brother aren't complete ether their as they say "fragmented" but in the end this case has to many lies to pick out the truth especially since it was a time when finger prints were not used in russia and the government finally leaking info on it sounds to suspious when some secret police were rumored to be drunks and were drunk at the time of their death. Theirs just to many factors to be include she may have survived just as she may not have but if i was her and survived i would have not even told anyone who I was being afriad to trust anyone so that I could just keep on living. It is rumored that the children did not have proper beds to sleep on but camping cots that is still a rumor from servents that had worked their they even didn't have their own rooms they shared the two eldest and the two youngest the some probally had his own room tho. But this come from a 19 year old girl who spent five years translating websites and researching the family

    • profile image

      Lynne 5 years ago

      Okay, I have not read all of your comments, so if I repeat myself I apologize...

      When the initial mass grave was found and bodies identified, Alexei (the youngest and only boy) and EITHER Maria or Anastasia was missing. Because all of the daughters would show the same markers for being related to the parents, the only way they had a clue who was missing was based on the size of the bosy; it had to be one of the youngest two girls.

      NOW... when two additional bodies were found in the 1990s, DNA research was done on them by BOTH Russian scientists and American ones. This makes a "cover up" very difficult. Their findings were heavily covered by several different countries and all of their research is archived. While it is still impossible to determine which of the two girls was burned and buried serparately with her brother, all members of the family have been found and identified. They all died that night.

      Anna Anderson's DNA has, since her death, been tested. She is of no relation to the Romanovs.

      I am a history teacher who not only holds a history degree, but one of my undergrad theses was written on this subject. I sort of know what I am talking about. There are no surviving Romanovs.

    • profile image

      m.j. 5 years ago

      The actual answer is that Anna Anderson was a fraud. She was a different person who looked exactly like Anastasia because she worked in a grenade factory. The only reason why she stuck with trying to be Anastasia Romonov is for the money.

    • profile image

      sundee barbero 5 years ago

      i want to thank you for your comments. i want to believe in my heart that anderson was anastasia. this will always be a mystery to many of us because of the fact that we don't reall know what happened on July16/17, 1918. i've been looking more into this subject and will admit that anderson did have many of the same scars as the grand duchess. the question in my head is why wait all those years to come forward? and if she was the grand duchess why wasn't she worried about what would become of her once she said who she was?

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Lauren: Read the mystery of Anastasia Romanov. It appears at the end of her life that she resided in the United States.

      Matt: I could not agree with you more. :)

      sundee barbero: Governments in general always cover-up secrets. Technology was not rampant in the 80's or 90's so Anna Anderson I still believe was Anastasia to much knowledge and pictures are to similar for me not to believe. But others will also have their opinions. :)

    • profile image

      sundee barbero 5 years ago

      i myself would like to believe that anastasia survived the brutal murder, but after doing some research on her i now truly believe that she died alongside the rest of her family. i have for so long now believed that anna anderson was anastasia but dna says different. who are we to disagree with that? i don't believe anyone was given permission to test anderson's dna. many mistakes have been made. why if anderson was anastasia would she wait 4-5 years before finally making the claim? She still knew that Russia was under communists control. she had first hand knowledge if she was anastasia how russia dealt with threats. i believe in my heart that anderson was fed everything she needed to know about the grand duchess childhood to have believed she was really the grand duchess herself. i only wish that anastasia may finally have the peace she so desired for in the final days of her life. whether it have been in 1918 or 1984.

    • profile image

      Matt 5 years ago

      Although I don't know if Anna was Anastasia, I do think it is possible that she survived. However if Anastasia did survive she would have deep psychological problems. It would not be too surprising to find Anastasia in some random Asylum somewhere. I find it somewhat suspicious that they found the graves of the royal family in 1991, yet magically found the body of Anastasia nearly 20 years later. The brutal slaughter of the Romanov's family is the shame of the Communists. Even though the USSR fell, the same people are still in power. And the USSR was notorious for cover ups and rewriting their own history. Both time and fire can destroy DNA and it can be faked. The Russia could easily give the US DNA from another royal family member to fake Anastasia’s DNA. History is very good at keeping her secrets.

    • profile image

      Lauren 5 years ago

      Would some one please tell me where anastasia ran away to if she did surrvive

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      zoe: It is interesting. She was in her right mind, so I do believe she was Anastasia. To much in common and you cannot create a clubbed foot. She knew way to much about her life and there wasn't any Internet then. :)

    • profile image

      zoe 5 years ago

      Maybe Anderson wasn't Anastsia but why did she have that memerey as if she was?? And how come she had a deformed foot like Anastsia and a docter say that she was Anastsia or her twin? One other thing...she knew a few langages which was not comman for a factory worker. Why would she fight so hard like that all her life for a name that maybe would't do her good? And maybe she looked 30-40 because she was stressed and she was aferad or some people look old for her age.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      annie: The pic that you see above is actually a pic of Anastasia when she was young. The link you clicked through was a link from a wonderful writer who wrote about Anastasia. We are not affiliated however he did give permission for me to link his work to this article. There are many who believe that Anna Anderson was her and others who do believe it all. That is what makes it a mystery, but thanks for stopping by. :)

      siobhan eyers: Really? Interesting. Can you provide any type of support for that comment? That could be something to debate with others. Thank you for your comment too. :)

    • profile image

      siobhan eyers 6 years ago

      i don,t think anna anderson was anastasia at all anastastia was much smaller

    • profile image

      annie 6 years ago

      hi your article was written well. i did believe that anderson was anastasia but now that i when to your last link in your article i'm not sure. they were absolutly horrible pictures-foggy,anderson's chin and mouth were covered up in most.so i don't think that you can really use them to support your case.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      priviet: First I do know many Russian people and they are my friends. They also agree that there Country was covering up things to protect themselves. All Countries do. You spelled Racism incorrectly however it is not a racial discussion. It is a discussion based on opinions. Racism : a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. There is the definition of racism. This article is based on opinion not race. Thanks for commenting.

    • profile image

      priviet 6 years ago

      i was just woundering if you know many Russian people.?

      a lot of your comments are a bit unfair.. russians are always trying to hide something so on so forth. i agree that the nastia story is very sad one. but you cant put everyone under one title. i think its called rasism when you do that.

    • profile image

      Rebekah 6 years ago

      This was a very interesting article, and i truly do think the mystery is facinating. I'm not sure if you are right or wrong about Anna and Anastasia being one in the same however. That's not to say i don't believe there is a possibility, but your article didn't convince me. You don't have any real evidence to back up your claims... in fact you seemed to be saying the same line over and over: why would she lie? There's plenty of reasons she could have if you allow yourself to consider the possibilities. Maybe she wanted a little fame, or possibly she wanted in on the wealth that had belonged to the Romanov's. You. Don't. Know. The article would have been stronger if you'd given reasons why she couldn't have just been making it up. Instead you ended up giving reason why the government POSSIBLY might have screwed up or covered it up. You wrote an article saying Anastasia MIGHT have been Anna rather than offering up why she WAS Anna. We already knew that, we want facts. All in all not a bad piece of writing, but next time don't keep repeating the same argument and give more cold hard facts; it makes for a better read.

    • profile image

      myrtha 6 years ago

      sin duda para mi anna era anastasia pero la codicia y la politica d todos los gobiernos les permite decir lo q ellos quieran sobre anna o anastasia sin importar destruir honor,prestigio.el gobierno solo queria el tes oro real.

    • Silver Poet profile image

      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Very interesting. Thanks for writing. I was glad to learn more about Anastasia's story.

    • profile image

      A.L.S. 6 years ago

      I need more facts I am doing a report in Anastasia Romavon

    • profile image

      seeker61 6 years ago

      I saw the original movie with Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brenner. Even though it portrayed Anna in a less than favorable light I tended to believe because as you said why would a woman fight so hard to proove something that isn't true. Than I saw the TV movie and it changed my opinion from being that it was possible that Anna was who she claimed to be to a believer that she was absolutely who she claimed to be. After I read Peter Kurth's book and saw the pictures of both Anastasia and Anna Anderson I was even more convinced than ever if that is possible that Anna Anderson was who she claimed to be. In the end I think that barring an admission from the Romanov family or the Russian Government that there was indeed a conspiracy to deny Anna's claim we will never know for sure if it was true but I for onw will never stop believing Anna Anderson was indeed exactly who she claimed to be. As for why various parties would want to deny Anna's claim I can not say why the current Russian governnent would want to cover it up especially since the direct Romanov line died with Anna Anderson. As for the Communists They were searching for legitimacy if there were no direct decendents of the Tsar living the counter revolution that was going on in the early 1920s would die and they would be one step closer to the legitimacy they sought. When it comes to the Romanov family and why they would deny Anna's claim I think at least part of the reason is greed. At the time of his murder Tsar Nicholas was one of the wealthiest men in the world. While a substantial part of his fortune was lost to the communists after they took power in Russia I would be willing to bet that like other European Monarchs a sizable portion of his estate was safely invested in other countries. Then there was the question of succession. If none of the Tsars children were to survive it would leave the question of succession open if the communists were to fail. This of course is just speculation on my part and can no more be proven than Anna Anderson's true Identity.

    • profile image

      qw 6 years ago

      romanovs have got a noble girl baby.they sent the baby to rasputins relatives in the wine basket (under the botles) They were take her bulgaria and they were give her a turkish family(bektashi religions(she did not make,join rutiels all her lifelong)).the turkish family grove her.one day she maried and her husband and their 6 suns,2 douthers went in turkey 1953 and she died in turkey. she said again and again “I am gallers princess”all her lifelong. may be feodravna or may be one members of the OTMA was mother of the baby who can believe but god knows

    • profile image

      Lily Boraks 6 years ago

      I agree that DNA can be tampered with. I also agree that truth can be an embarrassment to many. Summers & Mangold said it well - that it would take a computer to work out the odds against a total imposter achieving so many coincidences as found between Anna Anderson & Grand Duchess Anastasia....identification work, handwriting evidence, recognition by so many witnesses...Herluf Zahle did much research for the royal family of Denmark & said @ 1976: "I have done my utmost that my royal house may be blameless in the eyes of history. If the Russian imperial family wishes one of its members to die in the gutter, there is nothing I can do."

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      DNA can be tainted and when Anna Anderson passed away DNA did not exist, therefore we cannot speak for her. One could believe that Russia can also claim they located all of them, but something tells me that the government has there hand in it and they will say anything to close the case. If anyone clicks on the link above, they will find an eery reseemblance. mmmmmm...

    • profile image

      Yuriy 6 years ago

      Anna Anderson may have believed she was the Grand Duchess Anastasia, but like all the other claimants, she too was an imposter.

      DNA was sent and analyzed in four different labs, both Russian and American; the result being unanimous. All four concluded the truth: Anna Anderson was not related to the Romanov Family.

      If the DNA had been contaminated or tampered with in any way or if a mistake (however minuscule) had been made, the possibility of all four labs coming to the exact same conclusion is nonexistant.

      I am of the opinion Anna Anderson knew that had she willingly submitted to DNA testing whilst she was alive she would be exposed, and that's why upon her death her wish was to be cremated.

      She probably believed having her remains cremated would cement her lie and that nobody would be able to disprove her claim (completely unaware a sample of her intestinal tissue was still present in hospital storage from a past operation), ironically the real Anastasia, being Russian Orthodox would never have been cremated as it goes against the Russian Orthodoxy laws.

      Either way, it really doesn't matter who Anna Anderson was (Polish factory worker Franziska or not) the remains of the entire Imperial Family have been recovered, Anastasia included.

      So even without the DNA tests excluding Anna Anderson as Anastasia (and the fact the woman looked absolutely nothing like the Grand Duchess), she could not have been who she claimed.

      Mysteries are fun to believe in, even when they are solved.

      The truth, however, cannot be denied.

    • profile image

      Renee 6 years ago

      I find this very interesting... I have always been facinated when I saw the movie, and a few weeks ago at school we read a short story about a boy decsended of Alexei. I am always curious to know more.

      I am really unsure of what to believe, perhaps Anne was right, she had justifying information, but anyone could if they looked in the right places. Surely they compared her to Anastasia's looks, at least? I guess we will never know.

    • profile image

      Littel Angel 6 years ago

      i cant find eney thing.:(

    • profile image

      soccermonkey49494949494949 6 years ago

      i think that we sould do research to found out what real happen

    • profile image

      soddermonkey4444 6 years ago

      i think its real

    • profile image

      little Angel 6 years ago

      i think anna is sooo funny!

    • profile image

      ChatNoir 6 years ago

      To really learn about Anastasia and Anna Anderson, read Peter Kurth's: "Anastasia, the Riddle of Anna Anderson", and then read King and Wilson's: "The Resurrection of the Romanovs".

    • profile image

      littel Angel 6 years ago

      itscuttingmeoff

    • profile image

      littel Angel 6 years ago

      progect!

    • profile image

      littel Angel 6 years ago

      i now this becas(

    • profile image

      littel Angel 6 years ago

      Denitri was not made up he is real but thay are not sher if he did save her butt they fownd her bodey in 2008.He mite have but i am not sher.

    • profile image

      Violet18191 6 years ago

      Please will somebody help me out. I've only just heard about this Mystey last night. I was watching the movie with my little sister and I was thinking, I no its based about the real anastasia but was any of it really true. I no that the evil man wasn't true but what about demitri. Did he acctually save them, did he acctually take her all the way to paris, have all the train problems and everything along the way. And last of all did they acctually fall in love. I love learning about different times in history but this is one that just amazes me.

    • profile image

      ed 6 years ago

      I am currently working on a one woman show about Anastasia i find myself believing she survived if only for the fact that i want to believe there is some good in humanity and as Lincoln said we all have in us " the better angles of our nature" , and that every fathers little girl is a princess who is alive and that if we are to survive as humans than we have in all of us some quality on the divine. if i am to believe they all died, than i must conclude that there is no hope for humanity and it will all end in ashes and tears

    • profile image

      megan 6 years ago

      I don't believe that Anna Anderson was Anastasia, i looked her up on the internet and on many websites it has said that Anna Anderson couldn't even speak russian. Even though i dont believe about Anna Anderson being Anastasia, i still like to think that she did survive. :D

    • profile image

      stella 6 years ago

      em: i understand that you can't always back up your facts with pictures, but explain this why did they find the last two missing romanov bodies in 2007 long after anna anderson was cremated. i'm sure you have a great explaination. please share.

    • profile image

      netty 6 years ago

      im pleased that i read the different views of what people thought and still think about annastasyia i often wonder what was is still the truth. i hope with all my heart that anna anderson was annastasyia and that she lived a fullfilling life to her end god rest her soul and lets all hope thats the end of speculation.

    • profile image

      em 6 years ago

      hey stella, were you actually there when they pulled anna out of the water? I don't think so, unless you were in berlin in 1920 and happened to be walking by. and happened to hear them say to each other "Wow, she looks like she is 30-40 years old, not 18-20." or better yet, maybe you were one of those who rescued her.

      and something else, who are you to say if anna is not annastasia. and based on some pictures that you saw on the web. of her lips that looked bigger than annastasia's. and let me guess, you compared these photos of anna (that you got on the web) with photos of grand duchess annastasia ... that you found on the web, i'm guessing.

    • profile image

      stella 6 years ago

      i beleive that anderson wasn't anistasia because when anderson was pulled out of the river she tried to commite suicide in they said that she looked more like a 30 or 40 year old than a 18-20 year old girl plus there are some pictures on the web that shows anderson's lips wre way too big to be anistasia's.she bit her lips to make them smaller. please comment

    • profile image

      khjg 6 years ago

      romanovs have got a noble girl baby.they sent the baby to rasputins relatives in the wine basket (under the botles) They were take her bulgaria and they were give her a turkish family(bektashi religions(she did not make,join rutiels all her lifelong)).the turkish family grove her.one day she maried and her husband and their 6 suns,2 douthers went in turkey 1953 and she died in turkey. she said again and again “I am gallers princess”all her lifelong. may be feodravna or may be one members of the OTMA was mother of the baby who can believe but god knows

    • profile image

      ChatNoir 6 years ago

      As for the ears, Professor Moritz Furtmayr stated in the 1970s that the ears of Anna Anderson and Anastasia matched on 17 anatomical points. A later study, headed by Dr. Vanezis, came to the conclusion that the ears seemed identical. The people who recognized her as the Tsar's daughter, were Gleb and Tatiana Botkin, the children of the court physician, the Tsarina's old friend, Lili Dehn, her "uncle" Grand Duke Andrew and the soldier Captain Felix Dassel. Her aunt Olga said upon their meeting that "My heart tells me that the little one is Anastasia", and Anastasia's old teacher, Pierre Gilliard, referred to Anna Anderson as "The Grand Duchess". They both left Berlin without being able to say that she was not Anastasia. But three months afterwards, they changed their opinion and stated that there was no likeness between the patient in Berlin and Grand Duchess Anastasia. In spite of the Hallux Valgus of the feet, which was confirmec by Mrs. Gilliard, and the other bodily scars, hair color etc. etc.

    • angela_michelle profile image

      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      I too believe that she was truly Anna Anderson. I wish that there was a way to know for sure, but this will be a mystery that will never truly be uncovered. :)

    • profile image

      Miss L 6 years ago

      This is another interesting article that discusses Anne Anderson meeting some of the people from Anastasia's life. It is worth noting that some swore it was the czar's daughter while other's described Anderson as a wonderful actress.

    • profile image

      Miss L 6 years ago

      it's nice to think that anastasia survived, but the odds are really stacked against it. Think about it; the Cheka were ruthless and willing to do whatever was necessary in their quest for power. The possibility of a teenage girl and her hemophiliac brother escaping their murderers is pretty slim, but anything could have happened. Somebody out there must know the truth though. Personally, i don't think Anderson was Anastasia, but i guess only a few (if any) people know the truth behind her identity. Nice job on the article btw. :)

    • profile image

      JP 6 years ago

      she is not annastasia...Scientist have analyzed the ears of Anna Anderson and Annastasia and they have very different ears and this is accurate because a persons ears dont change. And on top of this the ear comparisons were done in the 1950s before photoshop and then again in the 1990s and they both concluded that Anna Anderson and Annastasia are two different people. Also the Bolsheviks have said that they killed both Alexei and Annastasia and cremated them and spread their ashes around russia

    • profile image

      ChatNoir 7 years ago

      Strange story, isn't it.

      As far as likeness, Dr. Eyckstedt, his assistant Prof. Klenke, Prof. Reche and Prof. Furtmayr all found the faces of Anna Anderson and Anastasia to be indentical. Prof. Furtmayr and Dr. Vanezis found their ears to be identical. Anna Anderson and Anastasia shared the same scars, (one on the shoulder from a cauterized mole, one on the left ring finger from a carriage accident, and one on the forehead from a fall in childhood.)The two women had the same hair color, the same eye color, apparently the same height, and most strangely of all: They both had congenital, bilateral Hallux Valgus of the feet. They both spoke good English and Russian, and bad German. Anastasia also spoke French, and there is evidence that Anna Anderson also spoke it, but we don't really know how well.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      megan: Thank you for your thoughts but she could have truly been. Anastasia's friend does seem to know things you may never know. Read above you.

      Dayana: You just never know.

    • profile image

      Dayana 7 years ago

      Oh my Godess this is so interesting I hope that some day the tries will cone out

    • profile image

      megan 7 years ago

      anastasia's friend anna anderson was not anastsia there is no way she lived through that. plus all the bones were located in 2007 so anderson couldn't have been her. get your facts straight.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Anastasia's friend: If you go to the top of this hub and to the right it says 'Contact AEvans' you can e-mail me through there.

    • profile image

      Anastasia´s friend 7 years ago

      I need an e-mail address or phone number.

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Anastasia's friend: You are welcome to e-mail I would enjoy reading what you have to say.

    • profile image

      Anastasia´s friend 7 years ago

      I would like to share more info with you. Is there any other way we can talk?

    • AEvans profile image
      Author

      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Anastasia's Friend: I am so happy that you agree.

    • profile image

      Anastasia´s friend 7 years ago

      Anna Anderson was indeed Anastasia. I am glad to find your blog.

      The truth will soon be revealed...

    • profile image

      Anastasia´s friend 7 years ago

      AEvans, you are correct.