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The Imperial Romanov family was arrested and detained in the Revolution of 1917—Tsar Nicholas, Tsaritsa Alexandra, and their children: four daughters and their youngest and heir, Alexei. The last months of their lives and brutal demise were hiddenMoreThe Imperial Romanov family was arrested and detained in the Revolution of 1917—Tsar Nicholas, Tsaritsa Alexandra, and their children: four daughters and their youngest and heir, Alexei. The last months of their lives and brutal demise were hidden away and only glimpses remain—like the mysterious artworks and jewelry that show up now and again—things supposedly lost or destroyed by the Bolsheviks.What do missing Romanov children—supposedly executed in 1918—have to do with Imperial treasures mysteriously found and sold on the Black Market by corrupt Nazi officials in 1943?The Nazis looted all over Europe, but now it seems that some of the treasures have gone missing . . . repeatedly . . . but only those looted from Imperial palaces in Russia. Someone is stealing from the Germans, and Hitler has sent his enforcers to find someone to blame for the theft of ‘his’ treasures.Lena Schiller knows her Russian mother only through the journal the woman left behind, but gains strength from the woman’s struggles that came before. She must give the Nazis a deserving scapegoat before the Gestapo starts hauling people away, including herself: Remember my name, my daughter, my dear one, but speak of me only in whispers...Historical Facts:Russia, 1917: In September, a train loaded with boxes of treasures confiscated from palaces of the Imperial family made its way into Moscow. The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs had not been presented at the Imperial palace at Livadia that year, a yearly tradition for decades by then, as the Romanov family had been arrested and held prisoner at Tsarskoe Selo.Russia, 1918: During months of detainment, the women of the Romanov family secretly sewed a fortune in precious gemstones into their clothes. There’s no credible account of the recovery of these jewels, and for decades the last Fabergé Easter Eggs for 1917 were presumed either non-existent, destroyed or lost.Soviet Union, 1941: Officers of the Nazi blitzkrieg occupied Livadia, once a Romanov palace on the Black Sea. They found a secret wall safe kept hidden from the looting-Bolsheviks for decades. When the Soviets recaptured the palace, the wall safe had been opened without force or effort and was empty, with no clue as to what had been inside.Cover photograph of Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia in about 1915. Romanov Collection, General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.