C N Trueman "Nicholas and Alexandra" historylearningsite. The History Learning Site, 22 May Nicholas and Alexandra Nicholas II was a highly sensitive man who preferred to be with his family than involve himself in the day-today running of his nation. A weak man, he was frequently bullied into doing things by his overbearing wife, Alexandra.
The execution of the last Russian Tsar and his family hardly needs an introduction. The Imperial family was kept in strict isolation within the walls of a sinister heavily guarded building that was surrounded by a palisade.
The Bolsheviks initially wanted to put the Tsar on trial, but in the summer of anti-Communist forces were at the gates of Yekaterinburg, and the Reds feared their captives would fall into enemy hands.
As a result, death to the Romanovs was declared. Their bodies were disposed of in a most gruesome manner. The Cameramen Howard P.
Kingsmore was the photographic officer of a U. For this newspaper he covered the civil war in Mexico, as well as the Punitive Expedition by General Pershing into that country in Signal Corps as a photographic officer. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in Septemberappears to have made mostly training pictures while he was in America and in Augustus was promoted to Captain, when a photographic section was set up for the Siberian Expedition.
The Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg. We have described this Signal Corps footage from Russia in more detail in a previous weblog.
The trip across Siberia took about nine weeks.
The accommodation on the train was of a most primitive nature. The American cameramen traveled in box cars that were originally built for cattle. Arriving in Yekaterinburg, the cameramen found the city controlled by Czech forces. These had taken Yekaterinburg shortly after the Tsar and his family were murdered.
Kingsmore was told the Romanovs were subjected to many indignities by the Communist soldiers who guarded them. It should be noted here that at the moment when Kingsmore and Tannura arrived in Yekaterinburg an official investigation was still being carried out on the mysterious disappearance of the Imperial family.
As far as the Kremlin was concerned, they had simply vanished into thin air and the Communists denied any allegation they had killed the Romanovs. One of their still photographs shows the cellar where the Romanovs were executed.
Bullets were dug out of the wall by the Bolsheviks to destroy evidence of the crime, but the holes still remained and were clearly visible.
Kingsmore also appears to have talked with eye witnesses. One told him the Romanovs were on their knees begging for mercy while they were executed in the basement of the house. Part of the footage that was shot at Yekaterinburg has been retrieved and identified by the authors in the film collection of the National Archives in Washington, D.
We edited these historic scenes into a short clip that has been posted on our YouTube channel.The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia Hardcover – October, Theirs was a love match, which was unusual for the times, but both Nicholas's father and Alexandra's grandmother, Queen Victoria of England, regarded her as too unstable to succeed as empress.
The Romanovs, in a photo. In the center of the group, Tsar Nicholas II sits with his wife, the tsarina Alexandra. Behind, from left to right, are their daughters Maria, Olga, and Tatiana.
On July 16 and 17, Russia will mark one of the most sensitive centenaries in its recent history: the slaughter of Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, his wife (the Anglo-German Empress Alexandra), five children, and four remaining servants at point-blank range by a Bolshevik firing squad in Alexandra Feodorovna was consort of the Russian Czar Nicholas II.
Her rule precipitated the collapse of Russia's imperial government. She was murdered, along with her entire family, in Born: Jun 06, Nicholas II or Nikolai II (Russian: Николай II Алекса́ндрович, tr.
Nikolai II Aleksandrovich; 18 May [O.S. 6 May] – 17 July ), known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November until his forced abdication on 15 March His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great.