From Eileen Effrat
Author: Helen Rappaport
The four daughters of Tsar Nicholas were the most talked about royals of the early twentieth century—–think Diana or Catherine. Drawing on previously unpublished letters, diaries, and archival sources from private collections, Rappaport focuses on the their daily life, and the recollections of those closest to the girls. The daughters—Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia—referred to themselves as OTMA, while Alexandra called them her “girlies”. As the author states, “the girls never bristled against being a collective”. What emerges in this biography is the unique individuality of each sister. The book does not dwell on their final days in Ekaterinberg. For that, you will have to read Rappaports previous book, The Last days of the Romanovs. For those with an interest in Russian history, this is a meticulously researched and quite readable account of four sheltered girls in the twilight of the Tsarist regime.