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News Display: Anastasia Arrives in NYC


On February 6, 1928 a woman claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar of Russia arrived by steamship in New York City. She called herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky (later Anna Anderson) and was greeted by Gleb Botkin, the son of the slain Romanov family doctor, who swore they played together as children and she was a Romanov heir.

Despite an entourage of loyal supporters, it was not until 2008 that the truth emerged. Examination of Anderson's DNA after her death showed no relation to the Romanov family. After communism collapsed, the location of the bodies of the royal family were revealed and their identities were confirmed through extensive DNA testing. Proven was the tragedy that the real Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, was extrajudicially killed along with her parents and siblings by Bolshevik police on 17 July 1918.

The news display will cover the remarkable story of both the fake and real Anastasia, fueled by the media (including the 1956 film with Academy Award winning Ingrid Bergman for her starring role) -- and with pause for thought on current issues concerning false identity. (Time Magazine lists Anna Anderson as one of the top ten impostors of all time.)

The Everett Cafe features thematic news displays on a wide range of educational topics, in addition to daily postings of headlines from around the world.

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  • Jennifer Govan
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