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speak Russian? However, when the defense asked her a question in Russian, she answered in German. She understood the Russian language perfectly well. Photography and beauty experts were called to examine her. One of them exclaimed, “What, are they crazy? Can’t they see it is the same ear? The same face? You’d have to be blind”. Baron Von Eikstadt and W. Klenke of the University of Mainz, after studying hundreds of photographs, said that Anna Anderson could only be Anastasia Romanov. Dr. Minna Becker, the woman who had proved the originality of Anne Frank’s diary, compared samples of Anna’s handwriting with the handwriting found in Anastasia’s school notebooks. Dr. Becker concluded, “no two scripts could be so identical and written by two different hands”.

Anastasia’s dentist could not make a positive identification, but he would not testify against her, either. Despite the mounting evidence and testimonies in her favor, the German court ruled that she had not provided enough information to prove that she was the Grand Duchess Anastasia. After several ineffective appeals, Anna Anderson settled herself to living in injustice for the rest of her days. In 1977, Dr. Moritz Furtmayer, a forensic expert, used a modern device for identifying people called a P.I.K. Headprint. Using photographs of Anastasia and Anna Anderson, he identified seventeen identical tissue formation points in the ears of Anna and the Grand Duchess. Twelve points of tissue formation in common with the subject are all that is required by German law to establish a

person’s identity. Still, the family would neither accept nor believe her. Anna Anderson died in 1984. She was never recognized by the Romanovs as the Grand Duchess Anastasia, a name and title that rightfully belonged to her. Anna Anderson was no imposter: she never once answered a question about the Imperial family incorrectly. If she had been a fake, it seems likely that she would have slipped at least once, or she would have been asked a question she could not answer. That never happened simply because she was who she said she was. She had every single one of Anastasia’s childhood scars and congenital defects. Anna looked like her, talked like her, and wrote like her. Anastasia’s friends and a few members of the Romanov family, like Princess Irene, recognized her. Each

one of the royal families who denied her would benefit in some way if Anastasia did not exist. Some, like Grand Duke Ernest, had a chance to be the next tsar if Anastasia was not around. Others, like the Grand Duchesses Olga, hoped to gain wealth from Anastasia’s misfortune. Nevertheless, those who had no political or material gain recognized the truth: Anna Anderson was the Grand Duchess Anastasia. And though the last czar is officially dead for the people of Russia, there is much more evidence to proof otherwise. Some say that the DNA of the discovered bodies confirmed their Royal nature, but those bones were send to America for the test. Americans would not want to expose their belonging to the rescue on confirmed that bones are royal . The Russian government would not want

to expose the truth as well because it would discriminate them. But the fact is that at least one bank in Paris, London and New-York still holds undisturbed funds in the account of Czar Nicholas 2. A very interesting event occurred with Nicholas and his wife; A small chest was kept at Gatchina Palace, locked and sealed. Inside was something put there by the widow of the murdered Emperor Paul I, Maria Feodorovna, who had instructed that the chest be opened by the Emperor who ruled Russia one hundred years after her husband’s murder. That day came in 1901. The Czar and Czarina – at the time still very young people – prepared for their journey to retrieve the chest as if it were an amusing outing, but they returned, according to a lady in waiting, “extremely thoughtful and

sad … after that, I heard that the sovereign had mentioned 1918 as a fateful year for him and the dynasty.” This may be merely and ingenious legend. Nevertheless: there was something fateful in their last year – 1918. THE LOST CZAR WORKS SITED Books: Richardson, Guy. The Rescue of the Romanovs. 1975 Summers, Antony and Tom Mangold. The File on the Tsar. London: Victor Gollancz LTD. 1976 Kurth, Peter. Tsar. First edition. Toronto. 1995. Websites. http://therussianmint.com/news.html http://members.aol.com/kiwinotma/story.html