The fairy tale/alternative history movie, Anastasia, is a favorite. Her sisters have compelling stories and each deserve a movie as well.
Olga, the eldest of Anastasia’s siblings was sympathetic, smart, and rebellious.
She worked as a Red Cross nurse with her sister, Tatiana, where she met normal people including common men…soldiers–whom she loved. Olga stands out in her family because of her gift of foresight and sorted between through what was truth.
A disgusting truth about her family was they shared an odd bond with Rasputin. Her mother relied too much on him. Olga clashed with her mother often. Olga seems to be the only one in her immediate family who was suspicious of him.
One of her boyfriends, a soldier named Dmitri Chakh-Bagov, told Olga he would kill Rasputin if she wanted. When Rasputin was killed by a relative, Olga considered that maybe it was best for Russia. She didn’t approve that it was a cousin who murdered him, though.
Fellow Red Cross nurse and co-worker, Valentina Ivanovna Chebotareya, reflected that Olga had dreams to “get married, always live in the country side winter and summer, see only good people and no one official.”
Olga brought herself from her wishing thinking to reality. Gleb Botkin, son of the Romanov family doctor, believed Olga “understood the general situation better than member of her family, including even her parents…She had little illusions in regard to what the future held in store for them, and in consequence was often sad and worried.”
There’s a prayer in one of Olga’s notebooks that support that belief. The end sums up Olga’s feelings well: “Bless us with prayer and give our humble soul rest in this unbearable, dreadful hour. At the threshold of the grave, breathe into the lips of your slaves inhuman strength—to pray meekly for our enemies.”
Russia’s Lost Princesses Documentary 1/2.
Russia’s Lost Princesses Documentary 2/2. www.youtube.com
Olga with peasant children, circa
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolayevna. circa 1913
Olga Nikolaevna in the Mauve Room, Alexander Palace
Alexei and Olga on ship, 1918