I Am Remembering
What do missing members of the Romanov family—supposedly executed in 1918—have to do with Imperial Russian treasures looted by the Nazis in 1943? And who is stealing those treasures from the Nazis now?
“I am remembering the past.” - Written to a friend from Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, 1917, three months after Tsar Nicholas’s abdication More
The entire Imperial Romanov family was arrested and detained in the Revolution of 1917—Tsar Nicholas, Tsaritsa Alexandra, and their children: four daughters and their youngest and heir, Alexei. The last months of their lives and brutal demise were hidden away and only glimpses remain—like the mysterious artworks and jewelry that show up now and again—things supposedly lost or destroyed by the Bolsheviks.
Decades later, the Nazis looted all over Europe, but now it seems that some of the stolen treasures have gone missing . . . repeatedly . . . but only those looted from Imperial palaces in Russia. Someone is stealing from the Germans, and Hitler has sent his enforcers to find someone to blame for the theft of ‘his’ treasures.
Lena Schiller knows her Russian mother only through the journal the woman left behind. But she gains strength in these troubled times in Germany from the woman’s struggles that came before in Russia. She must give the Nazis a deserving scapegoat before the Gestapo starts hauling people away, including herself.
“I hope now to live a simple life, keep a farm, perhaps somewhere in England.” - Notion to a friend and aide from Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, March 1917, the day of his forced abdication
“I am remembering the past.” - Written to a friend from Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia,
1917, three months after Tsar Nicholas’s abdication
“Good by. Don’t forget me.” - Written to a friend from Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, Late 1917,
from a letter smuggled out of Tobolsk, Siberia