• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What happened to the Romanov family?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 essays

  1. Stalin Sources Questions

    Stalin's victimisation was mainly concentrated on the Jews, however he also detested religious orders and Nationalists. Stalin thought that Communism should be the only system allowed to prevail in the modern world. That is why he was not a believer in religion, as he seen Communism as the only way forward.

  2. China 1945-90 - source based questions.

    The chairman of the Communist Party was Mao Zedong. Two days before the People's Republic of China was announced, Communist Party leaders drew up a common programme that outlined the Party's aims and intentions such as independence, democracy, peace, unity and prosperity. All sorts of problems got in the way of reaching these targets.

  1. Which of these Sources is most useful to an Historian studying the deaths of ...

    However it is supported by Source F concerning the position (the storeroom in same place) and the fact that they were in the "basement". Source G supports the fact that the storeroom is in the place and that 3 people were standing in front of it.

  2. What happened to the Romanov family? - Study Sources A and B. Sources A ...

    Furthermore, looking at the Sources A and B from a different perspective, from the context of origin and purposes, it can be deduced that both sources contain information originate from and are influenced by Judge Sergeyev. The Whites were mainly Tsar's military supporters but also all the opponents of the Bolscheviks or the Reds.

  1. What Happened To The Romanov Family?

    They both state they the have no evidence on the corpses. However they both re-enact this in different ways. Source A doesn't give information about the corpses. However it does state that Sergeyev had all the evidence connecting Romanov's case.

  2. What happened to the Romanov Family? - Sources A and B give similar accounts. ...

    A and B that the Romanovs were executed in the lower floors of Ipatiev house; however this is not to say that these sources all agree entirely with sources A and B in the minutiae of the accounts they give.

  1. Stalin: Man or Monster - Sources Questions

    Even though Stalin wrote it and the actual content is biased if one looks properly and studies the source carefully one can find a lot of evidence about the type of man Stalin was. 3) 'Pravda' was the communist party paper.

  2. What Happened To The Romanovs

    Parts of this book were never made public. Judge Sokolov also supported the White Russians. The beginning of source C says, in Sokolov's words; "My predecessor, Sergeyev, on handing the case to me, had no doubt about the fact that the entire Romanov family had been massacred in the Ipatiev House."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work