The remains of the Romanovs

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The remains of the Romanovs

Postby ed » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:39 am

An altogether sad story. Interesting read.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opin ... eft-region
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Re: The remains of the Romanovs

Postby Giz » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:31 pm

When the article presents such facts as "by such and such a time, only 35 out of 53 romanovs remained alive" it makes me ponder two things:

1) perhaps the romanovs had finally come to experience what other Russian families had experienced during repression, world war 1 and the revolution?

2) should we mourn romanovs any more than we mourn saddam Hussein and his family (odey and queasy? Sp?). The quote by mark twain springs to mind:

“THERE were two “Reigns of Terror,” if we would but remember it and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passion, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon ten thousand persons, the other upon a hundred millions; but our shudders are all for the “horrors” of the minor Terror, the momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe, compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty, and heart-break? What is swift death by lightning compared with death by slow fire at the stake? A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief Terror which we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror—that unspeakably bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves.”

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Re: The remains of the Romanovs

Postby ed » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:42 pm

Two thoughts about that:

The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.
- Stalin, Attrib.


or

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Donne, Meditation xvii (excerpt)


I prefer the second.
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