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Escape of Alexei son of Tsar Nicholas II What Happened the Night the Romanov Family Was Executed, The

Petrov, Vadim; Lysenko, Igor; and Egorov, Georgy

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ISBN 10: 0810932776 / ISBN 13: 9780810932777
Editorial: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York, 1998
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BOOK: Corners, Boards Bumped; Light Shelf Rub to Boards; Edges Lightly Soiled. DUST JACKET: Lightly Creased; Lightly Chipped; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. 101 illustrations. WITH NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED PERSONAL REMINISCENCES BY: the Family of Vasily Filatov. TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN BY: Marian Schwartz and Antonina W. Bouis. ON THE FRONT COVER: The young Tsarevich Alexei Romanov and the man known as Vasily Filatov. Were they the same person? CONTENTS: From the Russian Publisher; The Abdication of Tsar Nicholas II; In Captivity (Letter of Dr. Botkin); The Execution (Accounts of the Executioners); The Search (Report by Dr. William R. Maples); The Rescue of Tsarevich Alexei; The End of the Romanovs?; Personal Reminiscences by the Family of Vasily Filatov; Appendix; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index; Photograph Credits. SYNOPSIS: Vasily Filatov, a village teacher who lived under the harsh censorship and control of the Soviet Union, had an extraordinary knowledge of the private life of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Inexplicably, he also knew top-secret details surrounding the 1918 execution of the Romanovs during the Russian Revolution. Then, in the 1980s, when Soviet archives were finally opened to the public during perestroika, the seemingly incredible stories Vasily Filatov had told his family were revealed to the world as historical fact. How did he know? - and - The Russian Romanov dynasty came to an abrupt end on the night of July 17, 1918, when the imperial family was executed by the Bolsheviks. Or did it? Compelling new evidence reveals that Tsarevich Alexei, the fourteen-year-old son of Nicholas II and Alexandra and heir to the Russian throne, escaped the bloodshed and was adopted by a peasant family. Reconstructing the fascinating historic events of the Russian Revolution, The Escape of Alexei tells the horrifying story of the brutal execution, and the means by which the boy managed to escape death. Bungling by Bolshevik soldiers led to complete chaos: Young Alexei - wounded and unconscious - was still alive when he was loaded onto the back of a truck with the corpses of his murdered family. He fled into the woods and found his way to a nearby village. There his world turned upside down. Russia's heir to the throne grew up under the name of Vasily Filatov. He became an apprentice shoemaker and eventually a high-school geography teacher. In this extraordinary volume, three respected scientists provide a convincing, thorough account of how the executioners covered up the fact that the body of the heir to the throne was missing. Drawing on official records and documents from Russian archives and the grisly personal accounts of soldiers who took part in the execution, the authors offer compelling evidence that Alexei Romanov and Vasily Filatov were the same person. Filatov died in 1988. Now his wife and children have brought his story to the world. Their intimate reminiscences of the remarkable man they knew as husband and father bring this astonishing tale to life. Personal photographs throughout the book illustrate the striking physical resemblances between members of the Romanov and Filatov families. Vadim Petrov, a professor, lawyer, and forensic scientist, worked for many years in the Bureau of Forensics of the Leningrad Regional Health Department. He holds a law degree from Leningrad State University and is the author of numerous books on the methodology of establishing identity from photographs. Igor Lysenko is a nuclear physicist as well as a graduate of the Theological Academy in St. Petersburg. He works with the Commission for the Canonization of Saints of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. Georgy Egorov holds a Ph.D. in engineering and is an expert on systematic forensic investigations. He is the author of over 200 scholarly works including many monographs. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 001127

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Título: Escape of Alexei son of Tsar Nicholas II ...

Editorial: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

Año de publicación: 1998

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition 1st Printing

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The Russian Romanov dynasty came to an abrupt end on the night of July 17, 1918, when the imperial family was executed by the Bolsheviks. Or did it? Compelling new evidence reveals that Tsarevich Alexei, the fourteen year-old son of Nicholas II and heir to the Russian throne, may have escaped the bloodshed and been adopted by a local family in a nearby village.

Meticulously researched and documented, The Escape of Alexei details how Bolshevik soldiers bungled the execution, leading to confusion and chaos during the shooting. Young Alexei was merely wounded and unconscious when he was loaded onto the back of a truck with corpses of his murdered family and driven to the secret burial site. Falling out of the truck en route and left for dead, he was found by sympathetic soldiers who attended to the young hemophiliac's wounds and helped him escape, introducing him into a peasant family where he grew up under the name of Vasily Filatov.

The world of Russia's heir to the throne turned upside down. Vasily Filatov became an apprentice shoemaker, and eventually a high school geography and history teacher. He married, had children, and told his family the story of the Tsarevich's escape in the third person, as historical narrative. he never explained how, as a village teacher living under the oppressive silence and censorship of the Soviet Union, he was fluent in several foreign languages, had an in-depth knowledge of the private life of the Romanov family, and an uncanny grasp of the details surrounding the 1918 execution. With the advent of perestroika in the 1980's, the Soviet archives were finally opened to the public and, to his family's amazement, many of the incredible stories that Vasily Filatov had told his with and children were revealed to the world as historical fact.

In this startling volume, three well-respected scientists provide a convincing, thoroughly documented account of how such an extraordinary escape was possible, and how the executioners managed to cover up the fact that the body of the heir to the throne was missing. Drawing on official records and documents from Russian archive, the grisly personal accounts of soldiers who took part in the execution, and utilizing the latest scientific and forensic technology, the authors offer evidence that Alexei Romanov and Vasily Filatov were on and the same.

Filatov died in 1988. But his widow and children provide intimate reminiscences that bring this astonishing tale to life. And 101 black-and-white personal photographs reproduced throughout the text demonstrate the remarkable physical resemblances between members of the Romanov and Filatov families.

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You might argue that there's no point to this English-language edition of a Russian book, because only the most feverish Russian monarchist could take seriously, as a political issue, the question of whether the last Tsar's heir survived the Bolshevik massacre at Ekaterinburg. But this is a bit like saying that it doesn't matter how Amelia Earhart died: a mystery is a mystery, each with its own special claims on our attention. We know that Cheka thugs buried two fewer bodies than they fired at, and forensic evidence shows that if those two got away, they were almost certainly Nicholas's two youngest children, Anastasia and Alexei. There have been many Alexei pretenders in Russia, but none with so well-documented a claim as the one presented (a little breathlessly) here, on behalf of the schoolteacher Vasily Filatov, who died in 1984. Computerized facial matching says that he must be Alexei, and there is an enormous amount of other circumstantial evidence. Intriguing ... as, in a rubber-necking sort of way, is the forensically detailed reconstruction of what happened on the murderous night of July 16 to 17, 1918. But note that the relevant genetic information about Filatov has not been disclosed. Many experts, using just the methods emphasized here, were convinced beyond doubt that Anna Anderson must have been Alexei's sister Anastasia ... until DNA samples showed up. So caveat lector. What really drives this book is the series of grainy, haunting images of Filatov: was he just a peasant turned teacher, or did those deep, inscrutable eyes, which do look so very, very like the eyes of the young tsarevitch, hide for six decades a terrible story about crawling away from a pile of corpses? --Richard Farr

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