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What happened to the Romanov family?

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What happened to the Romanov family? 1. Sources A and B give similar accounts. Does this mean they are reliable? Source A is an extract from an American newspaper, which was written in December 1918. Since America was against Bolsheviks is it likely that source B's contents would be unreliable because it could be biased. Source B is a report to the British government written by Sir Charles Eliot, it was written in October 1918. Britain was also against the Bolsheviks. Judge Sergeyev influenced both sources. There is evidence in both of the sources to show this: source A 'Sergeyev took from his desk a large blue folder', source B 'Judge Sergeyev showed me over the house'. He was responsible for investigating what happened to the Romanov family; he was a supporter of the Provisional Government i.e. against Bolsheviks (the Reds). He was sacked in January 1919. He had reason to be biased and was obviously not trusted, so any information he gave is unreliable. To further discredit his information I read source C and compared it with A and that was written by his replacement 'Judge Sokolov' it gave a completely different account. The writers of both sources were from nations that opposed the Bolsheviks. ...read more.

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Source D must be reliable because it is an eyewitness account. Do you agree? The notes from the interview of Pavel Medvedev (in charge of the men guarding the royal family). Pavel was being tortured so he and would be afraid that they may kill him if they found that he shot the Tsar. He would obviously want to hide the fact that the Tsar and his family might have escaped. The account that both Medvedev and his wife gave were different she says 'My husband fired to' this is not possible he says he was outside when he heard shots 'He walked out and heard shots'. In light of this I think that there is sufficient evidence to say that this eye witness account is unreliable. 4. Which of these sources is most useful to an historian studying the deaths of the Tsar and his family? Source F is a photograph of the basement where the murders were supposed to have taken place. It shows a wall and floor that look as if it has been damaged by gunfire. You can also see a closed door. To a historian this photograph might be useless because this damage has not necessarily been caused by gunfire; it might just be the house rotting away. ...read more.

Conclusion

Two of the imperial family's five children were missing when archaeologists opened a shallow burial pit near Ekaterinburg. This account is completely dissimilar from source C. This source says that the Tsar and his family where shot and finished off with bayonets. Then the corpses were taken away by lorry buried and the rest disposed of with sulphuric acid. Source B suggests that the 'surviving members of the royal family escaped on a train' Source D an eye witness account is certain that the entire royal family were killed. An example from source D 'walking into the room he saw al the members of the royal family lying on the floor'. In conclusion, source J confirms that the bodies were definitely moved and it is possible that two of the royal family escaped. We can be sure that the Royal Family was dead on arrival. This is shown by sources F and H. Source F is photograph showing damage caused by gun fire, source G is a painting of the death of the Tsar based on the investigation carried out by the whites and source H is a diagram show the positions of people the basement according to witness interviewed by Judge Sokolov. The bodies in these sources were positively identified in source J, however there were two children missing. We cannot be certain as to whether all the royal family were killed. ...read more.

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