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What Happened To The Romanov Family?

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GCSE History Coursework: What Happened To The Romanov Family? A Source A is a secondary source because it is a report from an American newspaper. It states that Sergeyev has all the evidence, but I think that this is false about what happened to the family as it is not reliable in a sense that the report may come from other people's opinions. He was to examine the lower story of the building which was where the royal family lived and were to be murdered. But he does say that he doesn't believe all the members of the family were killed. Source B was a British report in which they had sent a British representative to investigate the murder entry to the Romanov family. They only wished to receive the truth and not to gain the Support of the Germans, they were unlike the reds. This is why they had sent Sir Charles Elliot because he had no need to lie. In this sense I think the source is reliable. However the information comes from Sergeyev whom is a white so some of the information may be biased. The similarities between source A and B are: 1. Judge Sergeyev was involved in investigating both sources A and B: judge Sergeyev was the investigator within both the sources. However in source B he was showing Sir Charles Elliot around the house. In both the sources Sergeyev was examining the buildings in which the Romanov's were killed. Both the sources were reports by whites, the American newspapers and Sir Charles Elliot. On the other hand in source A states at the bottom of the source that Judge Sergeyev was sacked this might have occurred because the information was not reliable, indirect or even too reliable that some of the evidence which had found had to be censored. However source B was written before source A and was also a report by the whites but he was not sacked by the British government. ...read more.

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Once he had entered the room he saw Tsar and his family lying on the floor. So if he was not their this could mean that this is not possibly true that the family were killed, so some evidence could be biased on other peoples opinions or it could be censored. This source also matches with source H as it shows the families positions of how they were going to be executed. Source H was Sokolovs diagram. He drew it according to a witness which he had interviewed for example a white. This could be biased because as a historian we don't know who took the interview. Although Sokolovs diagram does show the right number of the Romanov family and their servants and the right number of guards. Source E talks about Medvedev's wife and her view points on how the family were murdered. She tells us a different story to her husbands. She says that they were led downstairs and read a letter. She says that they started firing as did Medvedev. He emptied 2 - 3 bullets into Tsar. This statement suggests an act of revenge. She also says in the closing paragraph that her husband was stupid what he told one of the guards. This stated that he was guilty party. In conclusion I think that source D is reliable. This is because it was an eyewitness account so to a historian as me it is a primary source. Also the whites shot him; I think this is because he gave too much information so this could be reliable to the reds. However I do not think that Source D is more reliable than source E because source C is not biased in a sense it was from a red and white sided person. So this gives two viewpoints which more reliable than an interview. D Source F is a photograph of the basement room where the murder had claimed to have taken place. ...read more.

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However the mine didn't collapse and the bodies were put into the lorry and then the lorry was bogged down. Sources D and J Similarly sources D and J state that the shooting had occurred in the room. Source D says that all the members of the family were shot. The bodies were found lying on the floor of the room by Pavel Medvedev whom was the eyewitness guard. However source J states that only a few members of the family was shot. They also both sate that the corpses were transported by lorry. D doesn't give enough detail to where the bodies were taken and what was done with them. However source J does state this information. Sources E and J The similarity with both of these sources is the murder of the entire Romanov family, who were eventually shot. It doesn't state anything to where the bodies were taken and what was done to them. Sources G and J Both of these sources state that the shooting took place. These are two different types of sources. G is a photograph and J is a newspaper article. In the photo (source G) it shows that Tsar is being shot whilst his son is holding him. However the source doesn't give evidence that others where shot with/without him. Source J Source J is recent evidence as it is from a British newspaper in December 1994. This is why that they could be sure that Tsar, his wife and daughters were killed due to DNA tests along with the dental records. Conclusion In conclusion I think that Tsar, his wife and daughters were shot as it was recommended by other sources which I have studied as a historian. Also due to DNA records which are the most recent evidence to date this would be very useful. So I agree with source J and source C. Another thing which I would like to add is that the bodies could not be entirely destroyed by fir because to destroy the bones of the victims a very high temperature is needed. ...read more.

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