Ipatiev House - Romanov Memorial - The tragic end of the last Czar of Russia
Anastasia Romanov
Ipatiev House - Romanov Memorial - The tragic end of the last Czar of Russia
Anna Anderson

 

     The most famous Anastasia pretender appears in Berlin in february 1920. During a night, a woman trying to commit suicide while throwing herself into water, is saved by a policeman. In the hospital where she is interned, this woman, called Anna Tcha´kovsky is "recognized" by her room neighbor thanks to a photo of the family Romanov picked up from a newspaper.

     Visited by some members of the Romanov family, Anna Tcha´kovsky succeeds in persuading some of them like Tatiana Botkine or Olga and Xenia, two sisters of Nicholas II, that she is really Anastasia in spite of big incoherences. (Anna Tcha´kovsky did not speak Russian for example !) But other Romanov relatives will alway refuse to recognise her like former Romanov preceptor, Pierre Gilliard.

     To explain her survival, Anna Tcha´kovsky tells she has been rescued in secret by one red guard after cellar room killing. She would have found refuge with her rescuer in Rumania and she would have had a son with this man called Alexander Tcha´kovsky. After his death some month before, attempting to contact his family, she had reach Berlin in this goal.

     During all of her life, Anna Tcha´kovsky, which has changed her name to Anna Anderson, helped by people thinking she was Anastasia, has attempted to prove her identity in front of the courts, mobilizing graphologist and a lot of experts... unsuccessfully. She will finally die in 1984 keeping with her the mystery. After the discovery of the Romanov remains, DNA tests ended she could not be the real Anastasia, but a polish factory worker, Franziska Schanzkowski (In 1928, a German private detective, Martin Knopf, after investigations, had first gave this conclusion !)

      So, the DNA tests results have broken a myth, which has, during more than 60 years, supplied a lot of books, newspapers even movies ! A lot of websites about Anastasia also exists on the web ! I list bellow some of them :

Ipatiev House - Romanov Memorial - The tragic end of the last Czar of Russia

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