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A nurse at Dalldorf, Thea Malinovsky, claimed years after the patient's release from the asylum that the woman had told her she was another daughter of the Tsar, Anastasia , in the autumn of By May , the woman was believed by Peuthert, Schwabe, and Tolstoy to be Anastasia, although Buxhoeveden said there was no resemblance.
She began calling herself Anna Tschaikovsky,  choosing "Anna" as a short form of "Anastasia",  although Peuthert "described her everywhere as Anastasia". By , Tschaikovsky had developed a tuberculous infection of her arm, and she was placed in a succession of hospitals for treatment. Sick and near death, she suffered significant loss of weight.
Although they expressed sympathy, if only for Tschaikovsky's illness, and made no immediate public declarations, eventually they all denied she was Anastasia. Valdemar was willing to offer Tschaikovsky material assistance, through the Danish ambassador to Germany, Herluf Zahle , while her identity was investigated.
Melnik was the niece of Serge Botkin, the head of the Russian refugee office in Berlin, and the daughter of the imperial family's personal physician, Dr. Eugene Botkin , who had been murdered by the communists alongside the Tsar's family in Tatiana Melnik had met Grand Duchess Anastasia as a child and had last spoken to her in February She has not only forgotten languages, but has in general lost the power of accurate narration Her defect is obviously in her memory and eyesight.
In , under pressure from his family, Valdemar decided against providing Tschaikovsky with any further financial support, and the funds from Denmark were cut off. She had been injured in the head, and a foreman was killed in front of her. Leuchtenberg's son, Dmitri, was completely certain that Tschaikovsky was an impostor and that she was recognized by Felix as his sister,  but Leuchtenberg's daughter, Natalie, remained convinced of Tschaikovsky's authenticity.
Visitors to Seeon included Prince Felix Yusupov , husband of Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia , who wrote, " I claim categorically that she is not Anastasia Nicolaievna, but just an adventuress, a sick hysteric and a frightful playactress. I simply cannot understand how anyone can be in doubt of this. If you had seen her, I am convinced that you would recoil in horror at the thought that this frightful creature could be a daughter of our Tsar.
By , Tschaikovsky's claim had received interest and attention in the United States, where Gleb Botkin had published articles in support of her cause. As the tenth anniversary of the Tsar's execution approached in July , Botkin retained a lawyer, Edward Fallows, to oversee legal moves to obtain any of the Tsar's estate outside of the Soviet Union.
As the death of the Tsar had never been proved, the estate could only be released to relatives ten years after the supposed date of his death. To avoid the press, she was booked in as Mrs. Anderson, the name by which she was subsequently known. The memory of our dear departed would be tarnished if we allowed this fantastic story to spread and gain any credence.
From early Anderson lived with Annie Burr Jennings, a wealthy Park Avenue spinster happy to host someone she supposed to be a daughter of the Tsar. Anderson's return to Germany generated press interest, and drew more members of the German aristocracy to her cause. Anderson had a final meeting with the Schanzkowski family in Gertrude Schanzkowska was insistent that Anderson was her sister, Franziska,  but the Nazi government had arranged the meeting to determine Anderson's identity, and if accepted as Schanzkowska she would be imprisoned.
In , Edward Fallows died virtually destitute after wasting all his own money on trying to obtain the Tsar's non-existent fortune for the Grandanor Corporation. Prince Frederick settled Anderson in a former army barracks in the small village of Unterlengenhardt, on the edge of the Black Forest , where she became a sort of tourist attraction. I am quite satisfied that she is an impostor. Anastasia was engaging and an endlessly entertaining little girl.
She would play pranks on her sisters and little brother and on her tutors. She did not enjoy the confines of the classroom; lessons at school bored her. Anastasia was rambunctious and active and preferred the outdoors, where she could frolic about, climb a tree, or play with her dog. She was prone to mischief, sometimes persuading her young brother, Alexei, to join her. Anastasia had a good heart. During World War I, a hospital was set up in an area of her palace.
Anastasia and her sister Maria would regularly visit the wounded soldiers and try to cheer them up. The girls would play checkers or backgammon with the wounded to help them pass the time. The Lenin-led Bolshevik Revolution was winning the Russian civil war against the old-line forces loyal to the czar. Nicholas II was forced to abdicate. The Romanov family was put under house arrest by their Bolshevik captors. Then, on July 17, , the Romanov family was told they were going to be relocated once again.
They were moved to a basement room along with their associates. An execution squad entered the room and massacred them all in a torrent of gunfire.
The bodies were buried in a mass grave outside the city of Yekaterinburg. Or was it said to placate the Germans? The exact location of the mass grave where the Romanov family was dumped was never really known, except by the rebels who buried them there. It was always assumed that Anastasia was slaughtered with her family and close associates, which would have resulted in 11 bodies, but there were only the remains of 9 bodies found in the gruesome grave.
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