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308 pages, Paperback
First published November 17, 1995
Host: While in a Germany nursing home[…]you gave no identity and wouldn’t show your face. Why?
Anna: Hmmm. I think I was safe in Germany for nobody knew I Russian. If I had given identity and shown my face. They would have known I was Anastasia, I was in the royal family of Russia. There would have been media, titles, and would I get back to Russia when I was in their country, their land and why go back to Russia for someone else was ruling it now. And I would have the title “Woman from Russia Royal Family in Germany” and that is a degrace. For I had no family. They were dead.
Anna: [...]First I was thought to be my sister, Tatiana. Then Anastasia. Then they knew. (pause) they knew I was Anastasia.
Host: Then they knew your secret?
Anna: Yes, (looks down).
Give strength, Just God, to us who need it,This poem was given by a friend of Empress Alexandra sent to the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, where the Imperial Family was imprisoned for 78 days before their cold blooded execution. It was especially dedicated to her two eldest daughters, Grand Duchess Olga and Grand Duchess Tatiana. A copy written by Tatiana′s own hands was found inserted into one of her books by the White Army as one of the remnants left by the Tsar and his family as they came in too late in saving them from the murderous hands of the Bolshevik revolutionaries.
The persecutors to forgive,
Our heavy, painful cross to carry
And Thy great meekness to achieve.
When we are plundered and insulted
In days of mutinous unrest
We turn for help to Thee, Christ-Savior,
That we may stand the bitter test.
Lord of the world, God of Creation,
Give us Thy blessing through our prayer
Give peace of heart to us, O Master,
This hour of utmost dread to bear.
And on the threshold of the grave
Breathe power divine into our clay
That we, Thy children, may find strength
In meekness for our foes to pray.