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Mikhail born Kiev 1900, discovered his true identity when 10, but could never reveal this. After surviving WWI, the Revolution, a rescue attempt of the Romanovs, refusal to shoot the Emperor, was forced to escape Russia. Despite a secret identity, was tracked down and suffered sabotage to businesses and family.
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This is a biographical account of my father's life, which
started in Russia back in 1900.
All I knew of his past as I grew up in England, was that he
had previously been married in Russia and together with his
wife, arrived in England to settle when he was 19. I had heard
four daughters were born of the marriage, but since I only knew
of three of them when I was a child, my inquisitive nature led to
my discovering the second born had died at a young age. It was
a number of years before I was to learn her life had tragically
ended due to a house fire in 1926 when she was 20 months old.
1937 my father was widowed when his wife died of Rheumatic
Fever, leaving him with the remaining three young daughters. It
was the following year, 1938, that he remarried and then I was
born of that marriage in 1939, three months before World War II.
The author (who uses the pen-name of Evelyn Lakovsky) was born in 1939 in England, 3 months before the start of WW2. Studied piano from the age of 5, but then as a teenager, sent to Secretarial College, after which she spent the greater part of her life working in the secretarial field. Qualified as a dance teacher and taught Ballroom and Latin dancing evenings and weekends. Only after questioning her Russian father privately for 2 years in the late 50's, did she learn the truth about that terrible time in Russian history when the Romanovs were put to death, and now reveals it in this book after keeping the secret for 53 years.
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