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Old 10-15-2015, 10:45 AM
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New book on Franziska Schanzkowsky, the Anastasia pretender

"Almost Anastasia tells the story of Franziska Schanzkowsky, the former factory worker who convinced royals, courtiers, and forensic experts that she was actually the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Nicholas II and sole survivor of the 1918 massacre at Ekaterinburg. DNA analysis has established who she really was, but once that mystery was solved the real mystery began—how did she do it? Why did she do it? What would it be like to step into someone else's life and live it forever? A work of narrative nonfiction drawn from original documents (some never before translated into English) and interviews with the people who knew her, Almost Anastasia follows Franziska from the streets of Berlin to the castles of deposed royalty, from Jazz Age New York to Nazi Germany and beyond. It is a tale of mystique, madness, and one woman’s determination to fool the world."

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Interesting book. I hope you are on sale here in Portugal.
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This woman and her husband were not dealing with a full deck. When their cats died, they would cremate them in the fireplace. The neighbors were not amused.
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She was lucky PETA wasn't around then.
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How would Franziska have been so informed on very personal details of the court of Tsarina Alexandra? Obviously not every minute detail would have been written in newspaper articles.
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Franziska's knowledge of life at the Russian Court came out of books and magazines that probably revealed more information than people realised. In the 1920s she spent a lot of time with exiled monarchists whose memories she must have paid careful attention to. Some may have inadvertently fed her information, others deliberately. Her "memories" were not always spot on, but people wanted to believe and helped her fill in the gaps. She must have been quite shrewd in the early years of her claim. But what's really impressive is that despite her appalling behaviour and major psychological problems, her supporters always stuck by her. Franziska was not the Grand Duchess she claimed to be, but it doesn't really matter now. In the end she won. She will always be part of the history of the young lady whose identity she usurped. What I would love to know, however, is whether she came to believe it herself.
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Did she come to believe that she really was Anastasia? I think she was delusional and after decades of throwing herself into the 'role' it did become real to her.
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How would Franziska have been so informed on very personal details of the court of Tsarina Alexandra? Obviously not every minute detail would have been written in newspaper articles.
The problem is that she was rather I'll informed, but the public had no way to verify her memoirs, and she got away with most of her tales. I just read Gilliard's book "The false Anastasia", and it was a real eye opener. In it, he explains how Franzisca obtained much of her information and the glaring mistakes she made. He also tells about Franzisca mistaking Shura for Grand Duchess Olga.
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:49 AM
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Did she come to believe that she really was Anastasia? I think she was delusional and after decades of throwing herself into the 'role' it did become real to her.
I think it did. she clearly had mental problems, and Im sure she was able to fool herself and her self belief helped her to play the role. And a lot of people wanted to believe her. A "lost princess" is interesting and perhaps people also wanted to belive that SOMEone had survived the massacre.
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She never believed that she was Anastasia. In an unguarded moment, she said to Miliukoff: You mean who I am, or who I pretend to be?
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