This is an 18 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on the History of Russia – Did Anastasia Survive the Massacre? Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides to the presentation as needed.
In 1917, the Russian Revolution forced Czar Nicholas II to abdicate the throne. Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their four girls and one son were held at Czarskoye Selo palace and then taken to Ekaterinburg in the Urals after the Bolsheviks seized power in October. Civil war raged throughout 1918, and in July anti-Bolshevik Russian forces approached Ekaterinburg. Fearing that Nicholas and his family would be rescued, the local authorities passed a death sentence on the Romanovs. Each of the family members were murdered just after midnight on July 17, 1918.
At first, the Bolshevik government reported that only Nicholas was executed and that his wife and children were moved to a safe location. Later, reports that the entire family had perished were confirmed by Russian investigators. At the same time, a persistent rumor spread through Europe, telling of a Romanov child, usually Anastasia, who had survived the carnage. Several pretenders came forward, the most obvious one being Anna Anderson who was hoping to cash in on the Romanov fortune reportedly held in European banks.
In 1920, an apparently suicidal young woman was pulled from the Landwehr Canal in Berlin. She refused to tell authorities her identity and was committed to the Dalldorf Asylum, where she lived in anonymity until 1922, when she suddenly announced that she was none other the Grand Duchess Anastasia. At the time, Europe was filled with Russian exiles who had fled the Russian Revolution, and a number of sympathetic czarists rushed to the aid of this young woman, who at first glance was certainly articulate and beautiful enough to be the lost Anastasia.
The Grand Duke of Hesse, Alexandra’s brother, was a major critic of this effort, and he hired a private investigator to determine Anastasia’s true identity. The investigator announced that she was in fact Franziska Schanzkowska, a Polish-German factory worker from Pomerania who had disappeared in 1920. Schanzkowska had a history of mental instability and was injured in a factory explosion in 1916, which accounted for the scars. These findings were published in German newspapers but were not proved definitively.
Anna Anderson continued her fight for recognition, losing several court cases as the decades passed. In 1956, an American film version appeared, with Ingrid Bergman winning an Academy Award in the title role. In 1968, Anne Anderson married an American history professor, J.E. Manahan, and moved to the USA, living her final years in Charlottesville, VA. In 1970, she lost her last major suit, and a remaining portion of the Romanov fortune was awarded to the duchess of Mecklenberg. Anna Anderson Manahan died in 1984.
The presentation covers the following:
Rumors of Survival
The Famous Imposter
Release & Support
Battle for Recognition
The Imposter Uncovered
Burial Site Discovered
British DNA Tests
End of Presentation
This is one on many power point presentations I offer in my store on ….the History of Russia.