The Lost Romanov Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia



Harry Blanton Binkow – 14/5/15
Public Relations and Media
Russian Imperial Family Historical Society
For OCP News Service

Global: A historical novel written in October 2012 (Thames River Press – London), by Marie Stravlo and Carlos Mundy, reveals insurmountable unpublished information about the case of Anna Anderson (aka Anastasia) and the true fate of the Romanov family. The story behind the Icon takes us back to August 3, 1804, when Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786-1859), married the Grand Duke Charles Frederick of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1783-1853). After moving to Germany, she carried the precious icon with her, and for 142 years, her descendants,-who considered it a very dear and valuable treasure, – guarded it.
It was similarly highly appreciated by Anna Anderson/Anastasia Manahan, since it represented her family and spiritual roots. She always believed that the Icon protected her and kept it besides her bed in Unterlengenhardt, Germany. After she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, in the United States, she had it displayed inside a vaulted shelf in the living room of her house at University Circle.
The disappearance of this marvelous relic after the death of Anastasia Manahan in 1984 remains a mystery. The investigations never could determine what happened to it. Readers may now decide to start a new search, when modern technology and amazing electronic resources might help to locate it and return it to its rightful owners: the Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach family.

Now, ninety seven years after the disappearance of the last Imperial Family, and thirty one years after the death of Anastasia Manahan, new voices rise demanding answers; demanding convincing, scientific, legal and unquestionable answers.

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